Everyone's Outraged Over This Reporter's Comments About Simone Biles' Parents
NBC's Al Trautwig probably wishes he could take back his comments and subsequent tweet about US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and her parents.
Unfortunately, that's not how it works.
Sunday, during NBC's Olympic coverage, Trautwig made a comment about Simon Biles' adoptive parents, who just happen to be her grandparents. He called Biles' adoptive parents her grandparents, which was obviously once true, but no longer is.
Then, in a tweet that's since been deleted, Trautwig said,
They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.
Yikes, dude. I think you only dug the hole deeper with that one.
Monday morning, Trautwig appeared to apologize for his crass and insensitive comments, reportedly 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.
In addition to this apology coming a little too late, the veteran sports broadcaster didn't correct his tweet; he deleted it. Those two actions aren't synonymous.
Thankfully, at least one person on Twitter was able to take a screenshot before Trautwig "corrected" his tweet.
According to the Washington Post, Simone Biles and her sister were adopted by their maternal grandfather, Ron Biles and his wife, Nellie.
As a result of Biles' biological mother's alleged issues with drugs and alcohol, Ron Biles adopted Simone and her sister out of foster care. Despite reportedly still staying in contact with her birth mother, Biles calls Nellie and Ron "mom and dad."
I'm sure that at the very least, next time, Al Trautwig will think before he tweets.