Simone Biles Threw Some Epic Shade At USA Gymnastics President Over Her Anti-Kaepernick Stance

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles called out U.S.A. Gymnastics’ latest interim president and CEO, Mary Bono, for a tweet that took a jab at Colin Kaepernick’s anti-racist stance.

U.S.A. Gymnastics appointed the former Republican congresswoman and gymnast on Friday. A day later, Biles, who is sponsored by Nike, pointed out a tweet of Bono’s from shortly after Nike announced they were partnering with Kaepernick for a new ad campaign.

Bono’s tweet featured a photo of a shoe with the signature Nike swoosh being filled in with black marker.

Bono captioned it:

Playing in a charity golf tournament raising money for our nation’s Special Forces operators and their families. Unfortunately had these shoes in my bag. Luckily I had a marker in my bag too….

The original tweet has since been deleted, but not before it was captured in a screenshot:


Biles’ tweet didn’t mince words:

After Biles’ post, Bono deleted her tweet and offered the following apology: 

But the damage had been done, and Biles’ tweet knocked it out of the park with Twitter users:  

The exchange sparked much debate among commenters:

Amidst the support Biles’ tweet received, some Twitter users offered their own criticism of Bono:

U.S.A. Gymnastics has been struggling to obtain sponsorship since the Larry Nassar scandal earlier this year. Biles is one of the many women who accused Nassar of sexual assault.

On Monday, U.S.A. Gymnastics came under scrutiny yet again. According to a USA Today article, Bono is actually “from the law firm that helped the governing body cover up Larry Nassar’s assaults on numerous young gymnasts.” Her appointment is a decision that should be “overturned immediately,” according to the article.

This time it was Gold medalist Aly Raisman who took to social media to express her outrage.

Sure enough, Bono resigned her new position Tuesday afternoon and released a statement in which she expressed regret — while defending her behavior.

She shared the statement on Twitter:


Not surprisingly, her statement didn’t go over very well:

Things are not looking good for U.S.A. Gymnastics, to put it mildly.


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