Wed, 21 Jul, 2021

Naomi Osaka's feud with Piers Morgan heats up

Naomi Osaka's feud with Piers Morgan heats up

A Twitter feud has started between Naomi Osaka, conservative commentator Megan Kelly, and Piers Morgan, after Kelly and Morgan hit out at the tennis star over her recent magazine feature.

Osaka recently appeared on the front cover of Sports Illustrated in a swimsuit photoshoot, making history as the first Japanese and Haitian woman to do so.

After sharing the cover on her social media pages, Osaka attracted criticism for appearing in the media after her recent break from the spotlight.

Since taking time away from the tennis court on mental health grounds, Osaka has announced a collaboration with Barbie for her ‘Role Model’ doll, a Netflix mini-series about her, and made appearances in Vogue, Time Magazine, and Sports Illustrated.

All of these media engagements would have been in the works for months, but sports pundit Clay Travis called Osaka out for her latest media appearances during her break.

Kelly and Morgan echoed their support for his criticisms.

“Since saying she’s too introverted to talk to the media after tennis matches, Naomi Osaka has launched a reality show, a Barbie, and now is on the cover of the SI swimsuit issue,” Travis said on Twitter.

In a now-deleted tweet, Osaka hit back at Kelly and criticised her for not doing her ‘research’ and for ‘spewing negativity’.

“Seeing as you’re a journalist I would’ve assumed you would take the time to research what the lead times are for magazines, if you did that you would’ve found out I shot all of my covers last year,” Osaka wrote.

But, after appearing to block Kelly, the commentator continued the attack on the tennis star. 

Morgan also weighed-in, saying he has been blocked by Osaka as well.

However, others were quick to jump to Osaka’s defence, including tennis great Martina Navratilova.

“A**hole much, Megyn?!? You have no idea what you are talking about. But go ahead and take your shot. It missed badly!!!” Navratilova tweeted.