The Good Sport Facebook group: The best and worst of the social media world
Posted On July 7, 2021
The Good Sports Facebook group was created to promote sport and encourage good sportsmanship.
But it’s now the most-viewed page on the group, and it’s become the target of a major backlash from the sport community.
The Facebook page for the group’s Facebook page is now home to more than 2,000 posts that criticise its actions, including a photo of a woman crying as she was led off the stage after she was struck by a flying kick from a ball in a rugby match.
The photo is of a man being taken to hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a kick from an opponent during the New Zealand Sevens match in February.
The group has since been removed from the page, but it has also been accused of fostering bullying and harassment of female athletes.
The backlash has caused the Facebook page to be removed from its home page, and the group is now only available on the Facebook app for iPhones, iPads and Android phones.
The image of the woman is from the New York Post article The group’s founder, Ashley Deutsch, said she has received thousands of angry messages and hundreds of threatening phone calls from people who are upset about the group.
She said she is now focusing on how to deal with the controversy and the criticism of the group on social media.
“The good sport Facebook group has become a target for a lot of bad comments and harassment,” she said.
“I think it’s important to be upfront about what we do, but also let’s get a grip on our actions and not just the words and actions of people who don’t agree with what we are doing.”
Ms Deutsch said she believes her group will be the first of its kind in Australia and she hopes to expand to other countries soon.
“We want to show that good sport can be a positive thing and that good sportspeople can be good people,” she told AAP.
“It’s about the good, not the bad, and we will have a place on social.”
Ms deutsch said the group had also received a lot more criticism than she expected.
“There have been a lot people who have said I am promoting bullying, I am not encouraging good sportsmen to be good, and that it is bad for women athletes to be out in the world, and I’ve heard a lot worse,” she explained.
“And then there’s a lot that say I’m putting pressure on young women to be better, and if they don’t, they should be afraid of what they do in the streets.”
The group is run by an Australian woman named Ashley Deucher who is an avid rugby league player.
She told the ABC she is also passionate about raising money for the Good Sport Foundation, a charity that provides good sport education to children in schools across Australia.
“For us, as young people in Australia, we want to make sure that our kids are safe, we’re getting good sport to school, we’ve got a very good system in place, we don’t have the police and the health and safety issues that we do,” she noted.
“In my opinion, good sport is really about giving back and helping others in our community.”
Ashley Deustsch says she and her husband have been the targets of abuse after her Facebook page went live.
She was contacted by a number of people, and was then contacted by one person who threatened to kill herself and her family.
“A few days later, I got an email that said I was a cancer survivor and that my family would die if I didn’t stop,” she recounted.
“So I’ve had to get very, very tough on myself to not be afraid.”
We’ve also had to learn how to cope in our personal lives.
“Our lives have been so tough, but our families have been very supportive.” “
Because we’re really young and we’re young women, we are just so focused on making sure that we can handle this and we are very resilient,” she added.
“Our lives have been so tough, but our families have been very supportive.”
Ms Laverne Deutsch has not spoken to her husband in a while and said they have been unable to talk to each other about their family.
However, she has found it helpful to keep up with the group online.
“You can always tell by how many people have said how much they love the Good Sports Foundation and that they think I’m awesome,” she stated.
“That’s what we really want to build up and grow.”
A number of other prominent Australian sportsmen have also been targeted with criticism over their support of the Good Team Facebook group.
The ABC has contacted Good Sport Australia and the Good Foundation for comment.
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