Commonwealth Games: Johanna Griggs’ brutal verdict on Kyle Chalmers

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Channel Seven sports presenter Johanna Griggs says Kyle Chalmers is his own worst  enemy when it comes to negative press coverage, after the talented swimmer lashed out at ‘false news’ during a Commonwealth Games press conference on Saturday.

Chalmers, 24, furiously threatened to quit the sport after a journalist suggested there was a ‘love triangle’ among the ranks of the Australian swimming team involving him, his ex-girlfriend Emma McKeon and her new partner Cody Simpson.

He dated McKeon for a short time last year before the pair broke up and McKeon moved on with Simpson. The three swimmers are now competing in Birmingham. 

Griggs, 48, a retired competitive swimmer and former tabloid fixture herself, said Chalmers was ‘feeding the media’ and making the rumoured feud a ‘bigger story’ by reacting so angrily to questions about his private life.

She also noted that McKeon and Simpson were not allowing themselves to be distracted by the public interest in their love life.

‘The only person who is going to potentially derail – although it certainly didn’t look it this morning in his 100 metre freestyle – could be Kyle himself, he seems to be feeding it,’ Griggs said on Triple M Breakfast with MG, Jess & Pagey.

Channel Seven sports presenter Johanna Griggs (pictured) says Kyle Chalmers is his own worst enemy when it comes to negative press coverage, after the talented swimmer lashed out at ‘false news’ during a Commonwealth Games press conference on Saturday 

She continued: ‘It is the ironic thing with all these sorts of situations. You can’t just expect the headlines to always be great.

‘You have to accept that occasionally, sometimes, they are going to be about other people and that sometimes that might not necessarily show you in the same light.’

Griggs went on to say she hopes Chalmers stops ‘feeding’ the media cycle, because his public outbursts are only leading to more headlines.

‘I am kind of hoping that Kyle stops feeding it. I get that he is feeling incredibly swamped at the moment and that he is not coping with it,’ she said.

‘But every time he mentions it, he makes it a bigger story.’

'You have to accept that occasionally, sometimes they are going to be about other people and that sometimes that might not necessarily show you in the same light. So I am kind of hoping that Kyle stops feeding it. I get that he is feeling incredibly swamped at the moment and that he is not coping with it, Johanna said

‘You have to accept that occasionally, sometimes they are going to be about other people and that sometimes that might not necessarily show you in the same light. So I am kind of hoping that Kyle stops feeding it. I get that he is feeling incredibly swamped at the moment and that he is not coping with it, Johanna said

Rumours of a rift between Kyle and Cody have dominated the back pages in the lead up to last month’s World Championship and have been the main talking point surrounding the Australian team’s success at the Commonwealth Games so far.

After qualifying for the semi-finals of the men’s 100m freestyle on Sunday night, Kyle, 24, revealed just how draining the previous 24 hours had been from a psychological standpoint.

‘It’s hard, it’s hard for me to stand up and swim this morning,’ he told Seven in an emotional interview.

‘It’s probably one of the biggest challenges I’ve had to face. I think media don’t realise, as I said on Instagram, how much impact it has on athletes and [their] mental health.

Rumours of a rift between Kyle and Cody (pictured) have dominated the back pages in the lead up to last month's World Championship and have been the main talking point surrounding the Australian team's success at the Commonwealth Games so far

Rumours of a rift between Kyle and Cody (pictured) have dominated the back pages in the lead up to last month’s World Championship and have been the main talking point surrounding the Australian team’s success at the Commonwealth Games so far 

‘For me it took all my courage and all my energy just to stand behind the blocks and swim this morning.

‘It’s not something that I wanted to do, it’s not something that I wanted to go through, to be honest with you, I’ve been so excited for this moment for such a long period of time and been working hard to be here for such a long time.’

He then reiterated the rumours of a frosty relationship between him and Simpson and the attention the media have devolved to alleged friction in the swimming team had led him to consider quitting the sport.

‘For how it’s unfolded, yeah, definitely makes me question my future in the sport,’ he added.

After qualifying for the semi-finals of the men's 100m freestyle on Sunday night, Kyle revealed just how draining the previous 24 hours had been from a psychological standpoint

After qualifying for the semi-finals of the men’s 100m freestyle on Sunday night, Kyle revealed just how draining the previous 24 hours had been from a psychological standpoint

‘I mean I didn’t enter the sport to have to deal with something like that. I stand there and get interviewed for 20 minutes probably and not one thing was spoken about how we broke the Commonwealth Record and won the gold medal last night, not one thing about that.

‘So for me it’s heartbreaking.

‘I have no reason to even stop and talk to media, I just do it to make people happy. Now it’s about voicing how the truth is and my actual feelings, but, yeah, I do and will consider what is next for me now.’ 

Kyle also claimed the negative attention had taken a toll on his teammates and stolen the spotlight from their achievements, accusing the media of ‘ruining it for us all’.

He then reiterated the rumours of a frosty relationship between him and Cody and the attention the media have devolved to alleged friction in the swimming team had led him to consider quitting the sport

He then reiterated the rumours of a frosty relationship between him and Cody and the attention the media have devolved to alleged friction in the swimming team had led him to consider quitting the sport

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