Samson: Tennis star Shelby Rogers speaks out about social media harassment after US Open loss

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Over the weekend, American tennis star Shelby Rogers stated that she was going to get “nine million death threats” on social networks after losing to Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu in straight sets. Rogers even confessed that she wanted that “social media didn’t exist.”

“Obviously we appreciate the spotlight in those moments, but then you have today and I’m going to have nine million death threats and whatnot,” Rogers informed press reporters following her loss. “It’s very much polarizing, one extreme to the other very quickly.”

During Tuesday’s installation of “Nothing Personal with David Samson,” David Samson weighed in on what online abuse can do to individuals, consisting of professional athletes, and why it needs to stop.

“We can’t sit back and laugh or read or do not emphasize with people that are bullied,” Samson stated. “When your sports hero loses a video game, it is well within your right to boo or send out a message stating ‘you drew today.’ It is not alright to bully on social networks believing that they’re stars. I’ve never ever satisfied an abundant individual who does not get affected by these declarations. 

“I’ve never met an athlete who actually ignores and dismisses the boos. They hear it. We view them as more than human. My message to Shelby Rogers and Sloane Stephens is I hear you and I’m sorry for you. I won’t stand by and watch this happen. When I see something like this happen, I will do something by blocking or reporting these bullies.”

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