Olympic champion Simon Biles had a few choice words for Mary Bono, the new President/CEO of USA Gymnastics, after Bono was critical of Nike in the wake of the apparel company's advertising campaign featuring NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Bono, who was appointed to her new roles on Friday, posted a photo last month on Twitter of herself blacking out a Nike logo on a golf shoe. Not happy at what she saw, in response, Biles tweeted: "*mouth drop* ... don't worry, it's not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything."
Biles is a Nike Sponsored athlete. But more importantly she showed the power she has with her 1 Million Twitter followers, and with the new leadership at USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics currently has no apparel sponsor. After the sexual abuse scandal of former team doctor Larry Nasser, the organization has struggled to move past it. Biles was a victim of Nasser, who is now serving a long prison term for his crimes.
Bono, a former Republican congresswoman, last month also retweeted a response to her tweet that said "#BoycottNike." Bono has since deleted the photo, and a few hours after Biles' post, Bono wrote that she regretted making the initial message.
In the aftermath, Bono tweeted, "I regret the post and respect everyone's views & fundamental right to express them. This doesn't reflect how I will approach my position @USAGym I will do everything I can to help build, w/ the community, an open, safe & positive environment."
Biles was named to the 2018 Gymnastics team. See recent floor exercise performance above.