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Unprofessional And Insensitive Tweet Forces Mary Bono To Leave USA Gymnastics Position After Just Four Days

(Washington, DC) – This is what happens when your star athletes stand together against something.  Just four days after Congresswoman Mary Bono announced that she would be taking over as interim president for USA gymnastics, she is now announcing that she is resigning.

mary-bono-deleted-tweet-nike-simone-bilesThe departure comes after a tweet from Bono about Nike garnered strong disapproval from gymnastics’ superstars Simone Biles and Aly Raisman.

Olympic champion Simone Biles’ reaction to a tweet in which Bono expressed that she was happy she had a black sharpie in her bag to mark out the Nike logo on her shoes after the athletic wear and shoe company made Colin Kaepernick its spokesperson, summoned an immediate response from those in charge and it looks like they agreed with Simone.

Simone, who is also a Larry Nassar survivor, reacted writing “mouth drop (asterisk) don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything.”
Biles, who will compete in the world championships next week in Qatar, is sponsored by Nike.
On Tueday night, Aly Raisman posted, “The stakes are high in our sport right now, (and) it’s essential new leadership be disconnected from the influences that allowed these terrible things to happen.”  Bono was also under criticism for being connected to the law firm that has supported the USA gymnastics who gymnasts say continues to act tone deaf to what really happened with Larry Nassar. More than 200 women have come forward in the past two years with allegations of sexual abuse against the former team doctor.
Nassar is currently serving a 40 to 175 year sentence for his crimes. Bono’s support of the law firm and now her attack on Nike seem to be enough for USA Gymnastics to cut ties before they really began. Be careful with what you tweet.