While the world is watching her already impressive and practically guaranteed gold medal-winning performance in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games, powerhouse women’s gymnast Simone Biles is tuning out the noise and is laser-focused on giving it her best. However, the rude comments of an Olympic commentator prove that there will always be someone who attempts to rain on your parade with unnecessary and unwarranted opinions.
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The Root has all the details of NBC commentator Al Trautwig’s insensitive comments regarding Simone Biles’ parents and the backlash he received when he continued to stand by his rude (and wrong) opinion on her biological parents.
Their report states:
On Sunday, Al Trautwig mentioned Ron and Nellie Biles as being gymnast Simone Biles’ grandparents rather than as her parents. Ron and Nellie Biles adopted Simone and her little sister Adria in 2001. The girls’ biological mother, Ron Biles’ daughter, struggled with drugs and alcohol, and the sisters had been in foster care for some time before the adoption was secured.
However, Trautwig retweeted Mingus’ tweet, while standing wrong and strong, saying, “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.” He then deleted the post, but of course it was too late, since viewers had already taken a screenshot of it. Following his inappropriate comment, the hashtag #FireTrautwig began trending on Twitter.
Trautwig later emailed NBC Sports, saying, “I regret that I wasn’t more clear in my wording on the air. I compounded the error on Twitter, which I quickly corrected. To set the record straight, Ron and Nellie are Simone’s parents.” Many people attacked Trautwig in reaction to his tweet, and NBC responded in a statement, “We became aware of the situation last night and addressed it with Al quickly.”
Meanwhile, Simone’s biological mother spoke with TMZ Sports and reiterated the fact that she has not only been clean and sober since 2007, but that she also has a good relationship with her superstar daughter. However, she did state that she was a bit upset about the way her father described her addiction issues when he was recently interviewed by NBC, saying “he could have been more classy about it.”
Despite all of these irrelevant issues, we continue to wish Simone Biles the best in Rio and her quest to capture multiple Olympic gold medals. Go Simone and Go Team USA!
Simone Biles’ Most Adorable Instagram Moments
1. Simone shows off her medalsSource:Instagram 1 of 32
2. Simone is hyped for her Saturday morning practiceSource:Instagram 2 of 32
3. But there’s still always school work to do…Source:Instagram 3 of 32
4. Just relaxin’Source:Instagram 4 of 32
5. The moment the US women’s gymnastics team became world championsSource:Instagram 5 of 32
6. That moment when Simone became the Female Olympic Athlete of the YearSource:Instagram 6 of 32
7. The perks of being sponsored by Coke…well almost. Simone says’s she’ll stick to water.Source:Instagram 7 of 32
8. Simone on set with Vogue MagazineSource:Instagram 8 of 32
9. Even Simone eats pizza too!Source:Instagram 9 of 32
10. Sister, sisterSource:Instagram 10 of 32
11. The US team at the 2016 Pac Rim ChampionshipsSource:Instagram 11 of 32
12. Simone goes tumbling over her protein powderSource:Instagram 12 of 32
13. How Simone spends Mother’s DaySource:Instagram 13 of 32
14. The last Team USA campfire before the OlympicsSource:Instagram 14 of 32
15. Beach day!Source:Instagram 15 of 32
16. They’re just so adorable…Source:Instagram 16 of 32
17. This is how Simone takes a rest daySource:Instagram 17 of 32
18. Breakfast of champions: Special KSource:Instagram 18 of 32
19. Simone kills it at the 2016 P+G ChampionshipsSource:Instagram 19 of 32
20. But there’s more work to do in the gym before RioSource:Instagram 20 of 32
21. Simone throws the first pitch for the Houston Astros in her signature styleSource:Instagram 21 of 32
22. The US Olympic team trials. We know what happened here!Source:Instagram 22 of 32
23. Simone shows just how strong she is by climbing the ropeSource:Instagram 23 of 32
24. The amount of tape a gymnast needs to compete at the OlympicsSource:Instagram 24 of 32
25. Behind the scenes are the 2016 Rio OlympicsSource:Instagram 25 of 32
26. #squadgoalsSource:Instagram 26 of 32
27. The US women’s gymnastics team showing off their national prideSource:Instagram 27 of 32
28. More patriotic leotards from the US women’s gymnastics teamSource:Instagram 28 of 32
29. Simone at the 2016 Rio OlympicsSource:Instagram 29 of 32
30. Simone called this picture “podium training”…these girls are coming for gold!Source:Instagram 30 of 32
31. Fun time out of the gym for the US women’s gymnastics teamSource:Instagram 31 of 32
32. Simone heads to qualifiers where she will smash the competitionSource:Instagram 32 of 32
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