‘If she was a male player we’d call her a spoiled brat’: Piers Morgan lashes out at Osaka again following her US Open exit (VIDEO)
After being knocked out by 18-year-old world number 73 Leylah Fernandez at Flushing Meadows in the final Grand Slam of the year, the former number one teased that she could retire from the sport altogether.
That led Morgan to take to social media to share footage of the 23-year-old, who he has previously compared to two of his other regular targets, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, taking her anger out on her racket.
Morgan recently questioned whether mental issues "are the go-to excuse for poor performance" after Olympic gymnast Simone Biles suffered at the Olympics – and he has now laid into Osaka again.
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"People got very upset when I suggested Naomi Osaka may be a spoiled brat," Morgan said, tweeting at the end of an eventful week in which he has been cleared by UK regulator Ofcom for controversial comments regarding Markle.
"Here she is repeatedly smashing up rackets as she loses in the US Open. Then she cried again and threatened to quit again.
"If a male tennis player behaved like this, we'd call him....a spoiled brat."
People got very upset when I suggested Naomi Osaka may be a spoiled brat. Here she is repeatedly smashing up rackets as she loses in the US Open. Then she cried again, and threatened to quit again. If a male tennis player behaved like this, we'd call him.... a spoiled brat. https://t.co/bdK1u7OmM9— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 4, 2021
All the djok fans coming at me, just like to say he was DQd for a reason - the officials obvs saw fit to kick him out for what they deemed to be unsportsmanlike conduct. He exercised poor judgement cos he was frustrated. People don't get DQd for being completely innocent— Katie Feehan (@KatieFee452) September 4, 2021
There are evidently plenty of people who agree with the motormouth former TV presenter as his views racked up thousands of engagements within hours.
Plenty didn't, though, with one fellow journalist copping criticism from Novak Djokovic fans for responding: "There are hundreds, if not thousands of examples of male tennis players doing this.
"Djokovic loses his temper all the time and smashes his racket. He got kicked out of the US Open for hitting a linesman in the throat with a ball after smashing it in a bad temper."
Piers Morgan the petty petulant fragile man baby who walked out on a good job, on the #GMB work team & on the integrity of his profession is THE ‘Spoilt Brat’ personifiedPiers if you’ve nothing good to say about Naomi Osaka & women of Black heritage shut your godforsaken mouth pic.twitter.com/h7P0B24pCy— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@SholaMos1) September 4, 2021
Other criticisms were far more direct and scathing.
"Piers Morgan – the petty, petulant, fragile man baby who walked out on a good job, on the [TV program] Great Morning Britain work team and on the integrity of his profession, is the ‘Spoilt Brat’ personified," said a well-known author.
"Piers, if you’ve nothing good to say about Naomi Osaka and women of black heritage, shut your godforsaken mouth."
It’s a shame Piers Morgan could never play elite level sport to understand the emotions you go through. Loads of tennis players do this but he only picks on Osaka. Another young successful woman.— Mark Abel (@MarkAbel_28) September 4, 2021
Piers Morgan seems to have a problem with women of colour having mental health issues, Meghan Markle, Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles have all been called liars and mocked and ridiculed by him in the last few months. Coincidence? I think not.— SophieM (@SophieRose19x) September 2, 2021
Not weird, just untrue. When Djokovic threw a similar racket-smashing tantrum at the Tokyo Olympics, I called him a spoiled brat. https://t.co/1jMPkgvXtL— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 4, 2021
Another accused Morgan of "seeming to have a problem with women of colour having mental health issues."
"Meghan Markle, Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles have all been called liars and mocked and ridiculed by him in the last few months," suggested one unimpressed reader. "Coincidence? I think not."
Morgan was happy to defend himself. "Not weird, just untrue," he said of the claim that he did not call out Djokovic.
"When Djokovic threw a similar racket-smashing tantrum at the Tokyo Olympics, I called him a spoiled brat."
Replying to a reader who sarcastically suggested they had missed his posts chiding Djokovic, Morgan simply replied: "You did."Also on rt.com ‘Are mental health issues the go-to excuse for poor performance?’ Piers Morgan chimes in after Biles exits Olympic team event