While Olympic gymnast Simone Biles was widely praised for speaking openly about the importance of looking after her mental health, Piers Morgan had a different take.
The gold medal-winning US athlete withdrew from Thursday’s women’s all-around final, having pulled out after one rotation of the women’s team final on Tuesday in Tokyo, citing mental health concerns.
“Are ‘mental health issues’ now the go-to excuse for any poor performance in elite sport? What a joke,” Morgan wrote on Twitter. “Just admit you did badly, made mistakes, and will strive to do better next time. Kids need strong role models not this nonsense.”
Morgan faced accusations that he is targeting Black women struggling with mental health, following previous digs at Naomi Osaka and Meghan Markle.
“Once again Piers Morgan has shown he has no respect for black women, going out of his way whenever he can to be nasty to any high profile black woman who struggle with their mental health,” wrote British DJ Jumpin Jack Frost.
Writer David Gardner asked why Morgan offered support to Paul Gascoigne amid his personal woes but not others.
“Piers Morgan has repeatedly defended Paul Gascoigne during his mental health struggles,” Mr Gardner tweeted. “But he won’t extend the same sympathy to Naomi Osaka, Meghan Markle or Simone Biles. I wonder why.”