#cyberbullying | #cyberbully | NRL 2020: Erin Molan, Anthony Seibold call out internet trolls in 60 Minutes interview

Erin Molan has slammed ‘scum of the earth’ internet trolls while Anthony Seibold has told 60 Minutes a person with some ‘very high-profile friends’ was responsible for a recent online smear campaign against him.

The Channel 9 presenter and ex-Brisbane Broncos coach will both share their stories of the toll cyber-bullying has taken on them in a segment to be aired on Sunday night.

“It just really hurts you, you go to some pretty dark places,” Molan, who is a popular target of online trolls, told Channel 9’s 60 Minutes.

“… You’re not big, you’re not tough, you’re scum of the earth.”

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“… Every single Australian should be terrified about what is going on online at the moment.”

Seibold was at the victim of vicious online rumours in August.

The unfounded claims that went viral on social media led the 46-year-old to remain in Sydney following the Broncos’ Round 13 loss to the Rabbitohs to attend to what was described at the time as a family emergency.

It proved to be Seibold’s final game in charge of the Broncos, with the 2018 Dally M Coach of the Year leaving the club by mutual agreement with three years remaining on his contract.

“My situation went viral on social media, defamatory comments, my reputation was ruined,” Seibold told 60 Minutes.

“… The very last message on social media was the one that probably upset me the most because it spoke about my daughter.”

Seibold hired a team of investigators to find the individuals responsible and has reported the abuse to NSW Police.

In the promotional clip released by 60 Minutes on Thursday, Seibold suggests to reporter Tom Steinfort that he knows the identity of the alleged source of the online rumours.

“This particular person’s got some very high profile friends from within our game,” Seibold said.

“… I’d like to see some people made accountable.”


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