Olympic champion Simone Biles on Sunday criticized interim USA Gymnastics CEO Mary Bono over her deleted anti-Nike tweet, which showed Bono crossing out the “Nike” symbol on her shoe with marker.
“*Mouth drop,*” Biles, one of the gymnastics program’s biggest stars, tweeted in response to Bono’s now-deleted photo. “Don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter USA gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything.”
Bono was appointed to lead USA Gymnastics on Friday, replacing Kerry Perry, who resigned in September after nine months in the post.
The newly-minted USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO tweeted on Sunday that she regrets the anti-Nike post.
“I regret the post and respect everyone’s views & fundamental right to express them,” wrote Bono, a former GOP congresswoman. “This doesn’t reflect how I will approach my position [at USA Gymnastics] I will do everything I can to help build, w/ the community, an open, safe & positive environment.”
Bono’s original tweet came weeks after Nike chose Colin Kaepernick as the face of its new ad campaign. Kaepernick was the NFL player who popularized kneeling as a form of protest during the national anthem, setting off years of demonstrations by players against police brutality and racial inequality.
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