Parramatta Eels sports scientist Tahleya Eggers has issued a statement regarding her deleted tweet about a viral moment with Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
A meme of Eggers went viral over the weekend when she was spotted with her arms crossed and shooting daggers at Morrison when he paid a visit to the Eels dressing rooms after their win over Cronulla on Saturday night.
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The Prime Minister is a massive Sharks fan and watched on as his team were thrashed by Parramatta.
While the players were delighted to see Morrison in the sheds after the game, Eggers was not.
Responding to a meme of her reaction, Eggers tweeted: “Proud to claim this one. I will not respect a man who has the time to shake hands of men who have won a football match but is ‘too busy’ to attend the March for Justice.”
However she later deleted the tweet despite the Eels stating they had no problem with her comments.
Addressing the situation further on Monday night, Eggers attempted to clarify things.
“I wanted to make a brief statement regarding the last 24hrs,” Eggers said.
“As the club stated yesterday, I was responding to a social media meme that was not of my making. These are my personal views and I didn’t expect that it would get the coverage that it has.
“I want to make clear that I have had nothing but support from the club over this period. At no stage has anyone asked me to remove or change my post.
“It was my decision to remove it and place my social media on private because of the level of attention I was receiving.
“I love working for the club and would now like the focus to return to the NRL season ahead.
“I won’t be making any further comment on the matter.”
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In her original tweet, Eggers was referring to the controversy surrounding Morrison's failure to meet with organisers of the 'March 4 Justice' recently.
Thousands of women gathered in major cities across Australia two weeks ago to take part in rallies calling for gender equality and justice for victims of sexual assault.
A delegation of organisers in Canberra rejected an invitation to meet with Morrison in private, asking the PM to meet with them in an outdoor setting instead.
A spokesman for Morrison said there was a standing offer for a private meeting, but that meeting never eventuated.
The Prime Minister was then widely condemned for attending an AFL game in Melbourne, and the criticism intensified after he was spotted at the NRL as well.
The 'Ladies Who League' Twitter account was among the many to criticise the PM, writing: "I’m sick to my stomach. Scott Morrison doesn’t have time for women but has time to hang around with the Sharkies at the footy. I’m disgusted."
The Eels were also criticised for sharing a photo of Morrison in the dressing rooms, writing: “He’s ours now”.
NRL.com journalist Chris Kennedy wrote: “Team, please read the replies to this tweet and read the room and consider taking this down.
“This is not something you want to claim.”
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