Sport presenter outed as lesbian by disgraced colleague breaks silence

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Fox Sports host who was revealed as a lesbian by disgraced colleagues in sexist group chat breaks her silence to tell full story of secret she kept for 25 years – now ‘proudly’ telling

  • Megan Barnard breaks silence after ex-colleague whistleblower
  • Former Fox Sports reporter Tom Morris fired for leaked video
  • Barnard tells Stellar she’s afraid to come out because it could affect her career

Megan Barnard broke her silence after being exposed by a Fox Sports colleague in a leaked video in March.

Barnard, who has been with the company since 2013, has been one of Australia’s leading sports presenters for women’s cricket. She also hosts and presents NRL news for the station.

Her former colleague Tom Morris was fired after a leaked video surfaced in which he revealed Barnard’s sexuality to a Whatsapp group on social media.

In an interview with Stellar magazine, Barnard said she was afraid to come out publicly because it could impact her career and give her insight into the sexuality she found herself in.

“I’ve known I’ve been gay since I was 12… It was a very painful time in my teens, feeling what I was feeling and desperately wanting those thoughts to go away and be like everyone else,” Barna De told the media.

Megan Barnard breaks her silence on Stellar after she was come out in March by former Fox Sports colleague Tom Morris

“I’ve been trying to fight it for years because we’ve all been taught that being gay is ‘not normal’. It’s so overwhelming, it’s the elephant in the room. There have been [when] I thought I just didn’t want to exist, it was so hard.

“It took me over a decade to come out and I’m grateful that I stayed there and didn’t fall off the brink.”

She advocates acceptance and respect, and says no one should be forced to come out until they are ready.

Barnard, who moved to Sydney from the Gold Coast to follow her dream, said she had received a lot of messages from people sharing their experiences and hesitations about coming out.

“I try to respond to everyone [who] contacted me. If this only resonates with one person and makes them realize that it’s okay to be gay — it’s not something to hide or escape — then it’s worth sitting down and reading this.

Barnard, who moved to Sydney from the Gold Coast to follow her dream, said she had received a lot of messages from people sharing their experiences and hesitations about coming out.

Barnard admitted that she delayed publicly revealing her sexuality because she feared it would affect her job prospects.

“I used to worry that if my boss knew, it would limit my job opportunities and my sexuality would isolate me…but it didn’t,” she told Stellar.

The public outing brought a lot of pain and suffering to Barnard. She said it made her realize Australia still has a long way to go.

She said it made her realize that those in power in this country still believe that homosexuality is a choice.

Despite the pain of being exposed publicly, Barnard said it worked for her in some ways because it made her realize she was comfortable with herself.

She said she was proud of who she was.

A few weeks after the video leaked, Bernard resurfaced to cover Australia’s game against second-placed South Africa at the Wellington Basin Reserve on Tuesday morning at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.

The 37-year-old introduced the game to TV viewers before pitching, and later provided updates and spoke to different batsmen during the game.

An internal Fox Sports investigation determined that Morris had “crossed the line” when Australia’s Daily Mail chose not to publish the remarks by referring to Barnard in extremely rude language.

Morris, one of Fox’s leading AFL reporters, bowed and apologized for the comments and a separate video for making disparaging comments about women, Asians, blacks and gays.

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

On Sunday, Barnard broke her silence on the scandalous video by sharing a post on her personal Instagram, thanking people for their support throughout her ordeal and criticizing Morris without mentioning his name

Barnard first spoke about the scandalous video in a post she shared on her personal Instagram, in which she thanked people for their support throughout her ordeal and criticized Morris without mentioning him by name.

“Fortunately, in my life, I’m comfortable with who I am and I can handle some very personal, public events,” she begins.

“But if this had happened a few years ago, it wouldn’t have been the case.

“Coming out is a process that should never be taken from someone. Nor should anyone be spoken of in such a degrading way.

“I hope I can be a catalyst for change not only in the sports industry, but in every industry,” she concluded.

Morris issued a vile apology for his comments Friday night after he was fired.

“I want to unconditionally apologise to everyone for the disgusting and disgraceful comments I made public yesterday,” he wrote.

“I am extremely sorry to those involved. No one should be talked about in this way anywhere or anytime.

“I am deeply ashamed of my actions. My comments have hurt so many people and I will now take the time to listen, learn and work on improving myself to make sure I become a better person. I am truly sorry to everyone.

AFL reporter Tom Morris made vile apology for his comments about Barnard after being fired by Fox Sports last Friday

Morris’ apology also included a separate video in which he made disparaging comments about women, Asians, black people and gay people

Fox Sports executive director Steve Crowley issued a statement Friday saying Morris’ “unacceptable” comments will not be tolerated.

“Our culture at Fox Sports is built on a respectful, inclusive environment and fair play,” Mr. Crowley said.

“While Tom’s journalism has made invaluable contributions to Fox Sports over the past seven years, the information we realized yesterday crossed the line. This is unacceptable.

“We have the best employees in the business at Fox Sports. We love what we do and we are known for being a great place to work. Most importantly, we are committed to creating a work environment where everyone can stay safe, Work with respect and respect. We have zero tolerance for anything less than that.

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