Texas Deputy Attorney General Issues a Public Apology after Recent Simone Biles Comments

Published 07/31/2021, 7:33 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Team – Final – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Simone Biles of the United States during the Women’s Team Final REUTERS/Dylan Martinez


Simone Biles made headlines earlier this week as the Tokyo Olympics entered Week 1 of operations. The Team USA gymnast caused major shockwaves when she decided to opt out of the team finals event and the all-around event at the ongoing Summer Games in Japan.

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Biles is regarded as the most decorated American gymnast of all time. At just 24, she has a combined total of 31 Olympic and World Championship medals to her name already. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Biles won individual gold medals in all-around, vault, and floor events. She won bronze in balance beam and gold as part of Team USA’s “Final Five”.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Team – Final – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Simone Biles of the United States during the Women’s Team Final REUTERS/Mike Blake

Her decision to back off from the final due to her personal mental health concerns was met with a ton of support on social media. Former Olympics, public figures, fellow athletes and fans, all flocked to offer their support to the Ohio-born gymnast.

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However, there were a few people who did not agree with her stance on what is arguably the biggest global sporting event in the world.

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Texas Deputy Attorney General faces backlash after Simone Biles criticism

 

Texas Attorney Deputy General Aaron Reitz on Tuesday tweeted a video of former USA gymnast Kerri Strug, who competed with an injured ankle to help Team USA win gold in 1996. He captioned that post with a rather insensitive statement that read ‘Contrast this with our selfish, childish national embarrassment, Simone Biles.’

But that post was met with a ton of backlash on social media. Reitz was forced to take down the post and later issued an apology for the same.

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“My personal social media comments do not represent Attorney General Paxton or the office of the attorney general. In a moment of frustration and disappointment, I opined on subjects for which I am not adequately versed. That was an error. I can’t imagine what Simone Biles has gone through,” Reitz mentioned in a post on Twitter.

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Biles was seen cheering for her teammates on the sidelines after they won silver at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Her condition will further be evaluated in the coming days before a decision is made on her participation at this year’s quadrennial showpiece.

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