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Megan Barnard makes a return to TV after Tom Morris’ ‘degrading’ remarks about her sexuality

Fox Sports presenter Megan Barnard has returned to TV screens virtually a week after her former colleague Tom Morris was sacked for revealing her sexuality and making disgraceful remarks in a leaked video. 

Barnard was seen on the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup presenting Australia’s fixture in opposition to second-ranked South Africa at Basin Reserve in Wellington on Tuesday morning. 

The 37-year-old launched the sport for TV viewers simply earlier than the toss and later gave updates and spoke to completely different cricketers all through the match.

Fox Sports presenter Megan Barnard (pictured) has made her return to the TV screen almost a week after her former colleague Tom Morris was sacked for revealing her sexuality and making disgraceful remarks in a leaked video

Fox Sports presenter Megan Barnard (pictured) has made her return to the TV display virtually a week after her former colleague Tom Morris was sacked for revealing her sexuality and making disgraceful remarks in a leaked video

Barnard, who has labored for Fox Sports since 2013, has been certainly one of Australia’s principal sports activities presenters for ladies’s cricket. She additionally hosts and presents information about the NRL for the station.

Her former colleague Tom Morris was sacked final Friday after a leaked video surfaced the place he revealed Barnard’s sexual orientation to a Whatsapp group on social media. 

A Fox Sports inner investigation decided he ‘crossed a line’ when he referred to Barnard in extraordinarily crude phrases that Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to publish.

Morris, who was certainly one of Fox’s main AFL reporters, issued a grovelling apology for these feedback, and likewise for a separate video during which he made disparaging feedback about ladies, Asians, black individuals and homosexuals.

Barnard, who has worked for Fox Sports since 2013, has been one of Australia's main sports presenters for women's cricket. She also hosts and presents news about the NRL for the station

Barnard, who has labored for Fox Sports since 2013, has been certainly one of Australia’s principal sports activities presenters for ladies’s cricket. She additionally hosts and presents information about the NRL for the station

Barnard broke her silence over the disgraceful video on Sunday through a post shared to her personal Instagram where she thanked people for their support throughout her ordeal and criticised Morris without mentioning him by name

Barnard broke her silence over the disgraceful video on Sunday by a submit shared to her personal Instagram the place she thanked individuals for his or her assist all through her ordeal and criticised Morris with out mentioning him by identify

Barnard broke her silence over the disgraceful video on Sunday by a submit shared to her personal Instagram the place she thanked individuals for his or her assist all through her ordeal and criticised Morris with out mentioning him by identify. 

‘Fortunately, I’m at a place in my life the place I’m snug with who I’m and I can deal with one thing deeply personal changing into public,’ she started.

‘But had this occurred as just lately as a few years in the past, it might not have been the case.

‘Coming out is a course of and may by no means be taken out of somebody’s arms. Nor ought to anybody be spoken about in such a degrading method.’

She completed by writing: ‘I hope I might be a catalyst for change in not simply the sports activities trade, however each trade.’

Morris issued a grovelling apology for his feedback on Friday night time after he’d been dismissed.  

‘I would love to unconditionally apologise to everybody for my disgusting and disgraceful feedback, which grew to become public yesterday,’ he wrote.

‘I’m particularly sorry to the particular person concerned. No one ought to ever, in anywhere, or at any time, be spoken about in that method.

‘I’m deeply ashamed at my behaviour. My feedback had been hurtful to many and I’ll now take the time to pay attention, study and work to enhance myself, guaranteeing that I turn into a higher particular person. I’m actually sorry to everybody.’ 

AFL reporter Tom Morris made a grovelling apology for his comments about Barnard after he was sacked by Fox Sports last Friday

AFL reporter Tom Morris made a grovelling apology for his feedback about Barnard after he was sacked by Fox Sports final Friday

Morris's apology also covered a separate video in which he made disparaging comments about women, Asians, black people and homosexuals

Morris’s apology additionally lined a separate video during which he made disparaging feedback about ladies, Asians, black individuals and homosexuals

Fox Sports Executive Director Steve Crawley launched a assertion on Friday which mentioned Morris’ ‘unacceptable’ feedback wouldn’t be tolerated. 

‘Our tradition at Fox Sports relies on a respectful, inclusive setting and a honest go for all,’ Mr Crawley mentioned.

‘While Tom’s journalism has made a beneficial contribution to Fox Sports over the previous seven years, the message we grew to become conscious of yesterday crossed the road. It was unacceptable.

‘We have the very best within the business working at Fox Sports. We love what we do, and we now have a fame as a good spot to work. The backside line is we’re dedicated to a work setting the place everybody can come to work within the information they’re secure, revered and valued. We have zero-tolerance for something lower than that.’ 

Barnard (pictured left while working for Fox Sports) said that while she handled the ordeal well, it might have been a very different story had it happened to her a few years ago

Barnard (pictured left whereas working for Fox Sports) mentioned that whereas she dealt with the ordeal effectively, it may need been a very completely different story had it occurred to her a few years in the past 

The Fox Sports presenter (left) made stinging criticisms of Tom Morris without mentioning the disgraced reporter by name

 The Fox Sports presenter (left) made stinging criticisms of Tom Morris with out mentioning the disgraced reporter by identify

The clips, that are understood to have been recorded late final year, had been initially shared in a non-public WhatsApp group earlier than they had been leaked on Thursday afternoon.

‘To the lads on tier 4, I’m not Asian, I’m not black, I’m not a lady, I’m not homosexual. So do not deal with me like sh*t,’ he mentioned within the clip.

‘I’m a man with a coronary heart and I’ve acquired emotions.’

The audio and video clips went viral inside an hour of being shared on social media on Thursday with others.  

The two disgraceful movies of Morris had been leaked following a extremely publicised blasting he acquired from Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge throughout a press convention on Wednesday night time following the Bulldogs’ loss to Melbourne.

In an all-time verbal spray, Beveridge berated Morris for an correct report about Bulldogs premiership midfielder Lachie Hunter being dropped for the season opener.  

The two disgraceful videos of Morris (pictured) were leaked following a highly-publicised blasting he received from Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge during a press conference on Wednesday night following the Bulldogs' loss to Melbourne

The two disgraceful movies of Morris (pictured) had been leaked following a highly-publicised blasting he acquired from Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge throughout a press convention on Wednesday night time following the Bulldogs’ loss to Melbourne

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge (pictured) berated Morris for an accurate report about Bulldogs premiership midfielder during a press conference on Wednesday

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge (pictured) berated Morris for an correct report about Bulldogs premiership midfielder throughout a press convention on Wednesday

After the three-minute tirade, during which he labelled Morris a ‘gutter journalist’, Beveridge stormed out of his media convention.

‘You’ve acquired the nerve to ask me a question and even be right here,’ Beveridge responded to Morris’ question about the pre-game drama.

‘You’ve been preying on us and inflicting turmoil inside our soccer membership by declaring our workforce effectively earlier than it wants to be declared.

‘Is that the gutter journalist you need to be?’

Beveridge launched an apology on Thursday afternoon, saying he ‘overstepped’ in his alternate with Morris.

The Bulldogs additionally agreed to donate $20,000 to youth psychological well being organisation Orygen after discussions between the AFL and senior membership officers.

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