Eddie Jones Faces Backlash For ‘Unfair’ Remarks About Emma Raducanu

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Eddie Jones, the head coach of the England rugby union, has come under fire for stating that Emma Raducanu’s form on the court has been harmed by “distractions.”

Jones highlighted Raducanu as a cautionary example when stressing the necessity for Marcus Smith, the outstanding young England rugby player, to stay focused after England overcame Tonga in the Autumn Nations Series on Saturday.“The big thing for good young players is distractions … there’s a reason why the young girl who won the US Open hasn’t done so well afterwards,” said Jones

As he discussed Raducanu, Jones did not refer to her by name. “What have you seen her on – the front page of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar or whatever it is, wearing Christian Dior clothes,” he said. “All that is a distraction around her.”

The comments prompted criticism on social media. The BBC sports presenter Gabby Logan called Jones’s comments “unbelievably unfair and not even remotely comparable … imagine an 18-year-old rugby player winning a World Cup having never played a club game.” Logan’s response was endorsed by the tennis coach Judy Murray.

source : Guardian sport

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