AFLW star Tayla Harris has revealed the horrific number of social media troll attacks that have become a daily reality for her since a viral photo that captures her kicking move made her famous .
In a trailer for the Amazon Prime documentary Kick like TaylaHarris said she continues to receive personal attacks on social media “every day.”
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“I know what they’re saying. They tell me every day,” she said. “(That) I’m overrated, overpaid, just a lucky girl with a picture.
“But they have no idea who I really am.
“I don’t know what I expected with life becoming so public, but I thought if you just try to be nice, people will be nice to you. The world doesn’t necessarily work that way.
“Now every step I took, or everything I did, was judged.”
The 24-year-old has revealed how social media trolls have impacted her life since she was thrust into the public eye after her famous pose kicking a Sherrin in 2019 .
Harris endured turmoil at Carlton after starting her AFLW career in Brisbane and struggled to fulfill her potential as one of the competition’s top players.
She was traded to Melbourne last year after a messy exit from the Blues amid rumors she was uncommitted to training and was seeking $150,000 a season.
In the trailer, Harris talks about some of the messages she received, one being aimed at her erecting a statue in Federation Square in Melbourne.
“Tear down the statue,” she said of one of the messages she received.
“Burn her at the stake,” read another.
“People roasted me because I never smiled and I never sang the song. I was like, what do you mean? I always smile. I’m with my best friends, I play football.”
Harris is in tears in a clip as she admits the constant barrage has taken its toll on her.
“I too am human,” she said. “So of course it gets to me sometimes.”
Harris returned to his best form this year, scoring a career-high 18 goals and playing a key role in the Demons’ push to the AFLW Grand Final, in which they failed against the Adelaide Crows.
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