Dragons winger Ashton Hewitt fires back at trolls after last night’s Challenge Cup defeat to Bristol
Dragons star, Ashton Hewitt, fired back at online trolls on social media this morning following on from his side’s European Challenge Cup defeat to Bristol Bears.
The 25-year-old winger scored an early try in Friday night’s quarter-final and immediately took a knee in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Twitter trolls were quick to tweet negative posts aimed at Hewitt calling him out on moments in the match – the Dragons star received swathes of support on the platform as well as calling out individual users himself.
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Ashton Hewitt responded to tweets like this which seemed to call out the Dragons star on moments in the match that didn’t necessarily seem to centre around him.
@ashton_hewitt i rest my case
— phil powell (@phil64915338) September 19, 2020
@ashton_hewitt you dun shit boy
— Robert E Lee (@AnitaBryant1234) September 19, 2020
One account names@zenga2508 wrote a tweet to Hewitt that was widely condemned by the winger’s followers and was later deleted by the author.
As a fan, you have the right to an opinion. But to @ me with negativity isn’t helping anyone.
— Ashton Hewitt (@ashton_hewitt) September 18, 2020
Fans came out to support Hewitt following on from the negative tweets aimed at him
Your a much wanted breath of fresh air in the beautiful game Ashton, your rugby is in its ascendency yet You happily speak out on issues that need to be raised – it’s a game changer for sure
— Paul Rowlands (@PaulRowlands777) September 19, 2020
The ability to @ a player is a privilege that Twitter offers. It’s simply not ok to abuse them or bring negativity to their timeline following a performance. Respect. https://t.co/UEZAniJ2N8
— Geraint Davies (@daviesGDD) September 18, 2020
I’ve got a new twitter rule.
Anyone who tags a player and gives them grief.
You wouldn’t slag off a player to their face.
So don’t do it on here.
— Paul Williams (@thepaulwilliams) September 19, 2020
Ashton Hewitt thanked rugby fans this morning for their support.
Woke up to some great support from rugby fans. Love it 👊🏾
— Ashton Hewitt (@ashton_hewitt) September 19, 2020
Catch highlights of last night’s quarter final as well as Hewitt’s brilliant opening try below
Relive the best bits of their seven-try victory over @dragonsrugby 🎥
What was the best moment of the game for you? 👀 pic.twitter.com/epL1jRI5aW
— Challenge Cup (@ERChallengeCup) September 19, 2020