A Channel Seven sports reporter has been forced to apologise to an Australian Olympian after he accused her of not playing 'elite sport'.
Nathan Templeton was tweeting with Commonwealth gold medallist hockey player and AFLW recruit Georgie Parker about the Richmond Tigers versus Geelong Cats match on Friday night.
Templeton, an Olympic Games reporter for the Seven Network, disagreed with Parker's comments on home ground advantages and asked her to 'let me know when you play "elite sport"'.
He apologised through his Twitter account after his comment was heavily criticised.
A Channel Seven sports reporter has accused Hockeyroos star Georgie Parker (pictured) of not playing 'elite sport'
Nathan Templeton was tweeting with Commonwealth gold medallist hockey player Georgie Parker (left) about the Richmond Tigers versus Geelong Cats match on Friday night
Templeton (pictured with Rio Games Silver medallist swimmer Maddie Groves) is an Olympic Games reporter for Seven
Parker, 28, has over 100 caps for the Hockeyroos, helping the team to the gold medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth games in 2014.
She played in the Australian team that was knocked out in the quarter finals at the Rio Olympics in 2016, an event covered by Channel Seven and Nathan Templeton.
'THIS is the advantage the home team should get. The crowd behind you which makes you lift. Something the Cats didn't get last night,' Parker initially tweeted.
Parker diagreed saying the home-ground advantage was not driven by 'trying hard'
Templeton then replied, saying: 'Everyone understands crowd support feels nice and gives a lift. But shouldn't highly-paid, full-time professionals just try hard anyway??'
Parker disagreed saying the home-ground