Tennis star Naomi Osaka was fined over the weekend for refusing to do press after her straight set victory. To be honest, she told officials she wasn’t doing press, which while against the rules, she said it was over mental health concerns. She’s expressed that she’s suffered from severe depression for years now. It’s been since 2018 when she beat Serena Williams, an event that sent the two both into tears.
In a long statement on her social media, Osaka said, “I get really nervous and find it stressful to always try to engage and give you the best answers I can,” even stating she wears headphones to deal with her social anxiety. She also apologized to the “cool journalists” for not speaking to them, apologized to the tournament saying, “when the time is right I want to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans.” But until then, shes stepping back from the court.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 31, 2021
And into the chat comes Piers Morgan who just penned a piece on the tennis star saying she was a petulant brat. It appears he changed the headline to not make it sound as bad. Now this is a man who says she’s petulant and unable to handle media criticism… after he walked off of his own show refusing to continue taping over, guess what? Media criticism. We allowed him to pontificate on Meghan Markle antagonizing her when she said she was suicidal and yet here he is doing it to someone else that’s close to 3 times younger than him. This has to stop.