Simone Biles Calls Out USA Gymnastics After Birthday Shoutout

Many on social media are standing in solidarity with iconic gymnast Simone Biles after she called out USA Gymnastics when the group wished her a happy birthday on Twitter. Biles took the organization to task again for a settlement it offered gymnasts who were abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar.

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Simone Biles responds to USA Gymnastics’ birthday tweet to her

Biles turned 23 years old on March 14, 2020. And from its official Twitter account, USA Gymnastics tweeted a video of one of Biles’ most iconic routines. It included the caption, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the most decorated gymnast of all time, @simonebiles! We know you will only continue to amaze us and make history!”

Biles quote-tweeted the post, saying, “how about you amaze me and do the right thing… have an independent investigation.”

The athlete, who is the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history and the third most decorated gymnast in world history, is referring to the USA Gymnastics abuse case involving Nassar.

Biles is one of over 250 gymnasts who have accused Nassar of sexual assault when he was a doctor for the USA Gymnastics national team. She and fellow gymnasts have openly criticized the organization’s offering of a $215 million settlement to victims and have called for an independent investigation into the abuse.

This is not the first time that Biles has called for an independent investigation.

Biles gets huge praise for her response

Fans, fellow gymnasts, and members of the media have applauded Biles for her response to USA Gymnastics’ tweet.

Rachael Denhollander, the first gymnast to publicly accuse Nassar, quote-tweeted Biles’ post and said, “When one of the greatest athletes of all time says this…Come on USAG and USOPC. We’re all done with lip service.”

She also responded to Biles’ tweet directly and said, “So many reasons you are the GOAT. Strength in 100 different ways.”

Many fans threw support Biles’ way, as well. “Literally the biggest example of leadership we’ve seen this year,” tweeted one person.

Another person said, “There it is. The greatest own in Twitter history.”

“I give this tweet a 10, or whatever a perfect score in gymnastics is now,” tweeted Tim Reynolds, an NBA writer for the Associated Press.

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