Paige Spiranac Speaks Out Against Cyberbullying In Emotional Press Conference
December 5 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
When it comes to cyberbullying, you can't run and you certainly can't hide -- even if you're traveling halfway around the world to play in professional golf tournaments. If the angry masses want to take you down a peg to feel better about themselves, well, they're probably gonna do it (though it probably doesn't change much about their own miserable lives). That puts just about everyone in their crosshairs, from teenagers to, yes, Paige Spiranac. That's right, even Golf Magazine covergirl Paige Spiranac feels the hurtful wrath of cyberbullies, as she went out of her way at the 2016 Dubai Ladies Masters to voice her struggles with the online tormenters who've been hounding her since her early twenties.
“I feel like I was raised right from my parents, and for them to attack my parents and attack what I’m doing, it’s really difficult. I struggled with a lot of depression after it, because as a 22-year-old, you feel like you’re not worth anything," she said.
“Cyber bullying is a huge problem and no one ever discusses it. It’s no longer funny. It’s not the cool thing to do to make fun of other people, and you need to be supportive and I think that’s really important.”
In case you're unfamiliar, Paige (more specifically, her Instagram account) entered the public spotlight upon graduating from UCSD in 2014 and beginning the process to get her LPGA card, and we spoke with her as this was happening to get a sense of how she was handling her newfound fame. She came across as a genuinely nice person who, needless to say, was undeserving of the abuse she experiences online.
“It doesn’t matter how I play this week, it really doesn’t. But the fact that I’m here and I’m sharing my story, hopefully can save someone’s life, I think that’s so much more important than if I make the cut or miss the cut.”
You can watch her emotional press conference, below...
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