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.
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 addition 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!