‘These are my personal views’: sports scientist insists her footy club did NOT tell her to delete tweet condemning the prime minister after her gaze went viral
- Scott Morrison crashed into the locker room of the Parramatta Eels on Saturday night
- He shook hands with the players and congratulated them as they enjoyed their victory
- Eel sports scientist Tahleya Eggers folded her arms and refused to shake hands
- PM’s rejection has gone viral on social media, but her original post has been deleted
- She has released a statement to dispel the rumors the club asked her to remove it
An exercise scientist who refused to shake hands with Scott Morrison after an NRL contest released a statement to rule out rumors, she was asked to remove a viral tweet proudly defending her actions.
The Prime Minister collapsed the Parramatta Eels’ locker room on Saturday night, shortly after the team’s victory over the Cronulla Sharks at Bankwest Stadium.
Camera crews caught Morrison mingling with the players as they celebrated the win, but club employee Tahleya Eggers caught the media’s attention by defiantly crossing her arms and looking at the prime minister from the corner of the room.
Ms. Eggers took to Twitter on Sunday to reveal that she was the woman in the viral clip.
Sports scientist Tahleya Eggers (top right) defiantly crossed her arms and refused to partner with Scott Morrison after decrying the women’s equality marches earlier this month.
“Proud to claim this one!” Ms. Eggers, who has a PhD from Western Sydney University, wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of the meeting.
“I will have no respect for a man who has the time to shake hands with men who have won a football game, but is ‘too busy’ to attend the March for Justice.”
Ms Eggers was referring to the prime minister’s failure to join the thousands who protested in the women’s justice marches in Canberra earlier this month.
Hours later – and after receiving praise from former Eels star Brad Takairangi and Federal Labor MP Peta Murphy – Ms. Eggers deleted the Tweet and changed her profile to private.
Ms Eggers made a statement through the club on Monday to clear up any remaining untruths and said she did not expect the post to receive this much attention.
“I wanted to make a brief statement about the past 24 hours,” she wrote.
As the club said yesterday, I was responding to a social media meme that I hadn’t made. These are my personal views and I didn’t expect it to get the coverage it has.
‘I want to make it clear that I have only had support from the club during this period. No one has ever asked me to delete or change my message.
‘It was my decision to delete it and put my social media on private because of the attention I was getting.
‘I love working for the club and would now like to see the focus return to the NRL season for the coming season.
“I will not comment on it further.”
The Parramatta Eels staffer later took to Twitter (above) to reveal that she disapproved of the prime minister for disapproving the women’s justice marches. She later deleted the Tweet after being addressed by her club
Ms Eggers received praise from Eels star Brad Takairangi and Peta Murphy, federal government MP
The disapproval comes as the latest Newspoll figures confirm that Mr. Morrison’s approval ratings have taken a hit as he struggles to deal with allegations of sexual assault and harassment in parliament.
Just two weeks ago, the coalition’s approval rating dropped following the rape allegation by former liberal Brittany Higgins, while Mr Morrison was left fairly unscathed.
However, voters have now turned their disapproval to the prime minister.
Morrison now has an approval score of 55 percent, although it is nowhere near his low of 37 percent during the 2019/20 wildfire crisis.
Morrison crashed into the Eels’ locker room on Saturday night, shortly after the team’s victory over the Cronulla Sharks at Bankwest Stadium.
Mrs. Eggers (pictured) is a student at Western Sydney University and also works as a strength and conditioning trainer for the Blue Mountains Netball Association
Thousands of women protested in capitals on March 15 as part of the March 4 Justice campaign after a month of unrest in parliament over the treatment of women and workplace culture.
Labor criticized Mr Morrison for not attending the Canberra meeting, but said he invited the organizers to a meeting in his office and they declined.
Mr. Morrison has been criticized for his tone-deaf response to a national debate on the treatment of women.
The conversation was sparked by Ms. Higgins who came forward last month to allege that she had been raped by a colleague in 2019.
Since then, allegations of rape have been made to Attorney General Christian Porter, whom he denies, and revelations of a toxic work culture in Parliament House.
The horrific allegations have engulfed the Morrison administration and sparked wider debate about sexual discrimination, harassment and abuse.
The prime minister has repeatedly admitted that he has not responded to the national movement and has admitted that he has not understood the anger over violence against women.
He has also admitted that people in his administration abandoned Ms. Higgins after she reported the alleged rape in parliament.
The prime minister’s criticism comes two days after he said he would like to meet with former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins, who was allegedly raped in Parliament House.
Thousands of women protested in capitals on March 15 as part of the March 4 Justice campaign after a month of unrest in parliament over the treatment of women and the culture at work