A Sports Illustrated swimwear editor slammed Megyn Kelly in a podcast Tuesday for her critical tweet of tennis star Naomi Osaka.
During an episode of the “People Every Day” podcast, publisher MJ Day told host Janine Rubenstein that she believed Kelly – a former NBC News and Fox News presenter – was targeting a woman who “had done nothing wrong”.
“It’s so intimidating, and it’s so unnecessary,” Day said Tuesday. “I’m like, ‘You know what, you’re journalists. What if you do your job and check the facts, instead of jumping on this woman for attention?'”
Osaka made international headlines in May when she announced that she would not participate in post-match press conferences during the French Open, before leaving the tournament and retiring from Wimbledon. At the time, Osaka said in social media posts that she would prioritize her mental health instead.
In tweets on Monday, Kelly and conservative commentator Clay Travis appeared to accuse Osaka of not being sincere about his struggles after appearing on the covers of several magazines earlier this month.
“Since saying she was too introverted to talk to the media after tennis matches, Naomi Osaka started a reality show, A Barbie, and is now on the cover of the SI Swimsuit issue. ” Travis tweeted.
Kelly joined, adding: “Let’s not forget the cover of (& interview in) Vogue Japan and Time Mag!”
In response, Osaka said in a now deleted tweet: “Since you are a journalist I would have assumed you would take the time to research what the deadlines are for magazines, if you had you would have found out. I turned all of my covers last year. “
“Instead, your first reaction is to come up here and spit out the negativity, do better Megan.”
Day confirmed in Tuesday’s podcast episode that the photoshoot took place in December, months before Osaka went public with her mental health issues.
The tennis champion appeared to block Kelly on Twitter after responding to her.
Osaka “blocked me by shooting me” Kelly tweeted. “She apparently claims that she has turned her many b / 4 covers, publicly claiming that she was too socially anxious to deal with the press. The truth is, she just doesn’t like Qs that she can’t. not control. Admit it. “
Day added in Tuesday’s episode that Kelly was “part of the problem” in publicly addressing mental health issues.
“How about doing your due diligence and making sure you know the reality of a situation before you come looking for people?” ” she said. “It broke my heart to see someone who truly lives their life for the good of others while trying to pursue their own passion, which is tennis and fashion.”
“Let her live. Let her make decisions for herself that protect her own well-being,” Day said of Osaka. “It’s not free for anyone.”
When contacted for comment, Kelly responded by attacking NBC News and did not respond to accusations of intimidation from the Sports Illustrated swimwear publisher.