Will Smith Supports Naomi Osaka With Handwritten Note: They Are Wrong!
The award-winning actor took to Instagram with a short handwritten note addressed to Naomi Osaka.
“Hey Naomi, You are Right. They are Wrong! I am with You.”
He shared a photo of him holding up the special note on his social media page.
It doesn’t look like she has responded publicly yet.
Will Smith’s public support comes after Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 after she announced she would not be taking part in press interviews to protect her mental health during the French Open last month.
The Grand Slam (the parent of four major tournaments including the French Open) in turn issued this statement,
“We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations during the tournament, she would be exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct infringement consequences. As might be expected, repeat violations attract tougher sanctions including default from the tournament (Code of Conduct article III T.) and the trigger of a major offence investigation that could lead to more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions (Code of Conduct article IV A.3.).”
She later dropped out and explained why on social media.
After receiving tons of criticism, the organization supported Naomi Osaka for her decision.
“On behalf of the Grand Slams, we wish to offer Naomi Osaka our support and assistance in any way possible as she takes time away from the court. She is an exceptional athlete and we look forward to her return as soon as she deems appropriate.”
“Mental health is a very challenging issue, which deserves our utmost attention. It is both complex and personal, as what affects one individual does not necessarily affect another. We commend Naomi for sharing in her own words the pressures and anxieties she is feeling and we empathize with the unique pressures tennis players may face.”
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