This week, Nine sports reporter Erin Molan has endured the full force of NRL fan fury.
Her crime? Former NRL player and league great Andrew Johns doesn’t like her. Allegedly.
After an ‘unnamed source’ told The Daily Telegraph earlier this week Johns and Molan are engaged in a ‘feud’ and Johns refuses to work with Molan due to a “personality clash”, the court of public opinion dumped an avalanche of online abuse on the NRL’s most prominent female presenter.
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We’re talking murder. Rape. Threats against her family. And branding her with the label of being a ‘difficult woman’.
Considering the amount of abuse being hurled at Molan, you’d be forgiven for forgetting she is just one half of this alleged ‘NRL feud’.
The other half, Johns, remains silent. According to news reports, both Johns and Channel Nine have denied the leak, calling it nothing with “rumours and innuendo”. But is it enough?
While others who aren’t directly involved, like former professional rugby league player and television personality Beau Ryan, former Kangaroos captain Brad Fittler, broadcasters Ray Hadley and Phil Gould, and even Karl Stefanovic, have vehemently defended Molan, Johns has not.
Even Johns’ ex-wife Cathrine Mahoney has said more than her TV commentator and personality former husband.
The freelance writer, podcaster and publicist who was married to Johns from 2007 to 2015 (the couple separated in 2011, then later reconciled before separating again) defended Molan on Instagram.