Rennae Stubbs May Get Do-Over After Cringey Naomi Osaka Interview

Written by on September 10, 2020

Naomi Osaka will play in a U.S. Open semifinal Thursday night time, which means ESPN’s Rennae Stubbs could get an opportunity to redeem herself after an uncomfortably chirpy interview with the tennis star earlier this week.

Stubbs obtained web and media criticism after treating Osaka’s masks tribute to Black victims of police brutality and racial injustice as if it had been a robe selection on a purple carpet. Viewers accused the announcer of trivializing the matter and turning it right into a guessing sport.

Osaka has worn masks to the matches bearing the names of Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor and others to boost consciousness. After her quarterfinal victory, she wore the identify of George Floyd, whose demise by the hands of Minneapolis police sparked huge protests nationwide.

“I’ve been attempting to guess what identify goes to be on the masks each single day,” Stubbs mentioned after Osaka beat Shelby Rogers on Tuesday. “I used to be mistaken about right this moment. Are you going to offer us a foretelling of who it’s going to be within the subsequent match?”

Osaka answered that she simply goes by a sense, prompting Stubbs to answer: “Effectively, we are able to’t watch for that feeling and that subsequent masks.”

Stubbs, a former doubles grand slam champion for Australia, noticed the disapproval on the web and volleyed again her response.

“After all i meant nicely, the dad and mom of those victims are so grateful that Naomi is doing this,” she wrote, including, “I might by no means disparage them!”

Osaka, the 2018 U.S. Open champion, performs Jennifer Brady in a semifinal Thursday night time.

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