Simone Biles Clears Up An Adoption Misconception In 8 Simple Words

On Sunday, NBC gymnastics commentator Al Trautwig caused a stir for refusing to acknowledge gymnast Simone Biles’ adoptive mothers as her mothers. With eight simple terms, Biles completely unhinged his commentary.

Biles’ maternal grandpa Ron Biles and his wife, Nellie, adopted the Olympic gold medalist and her sister out of foster care. Biles calls them her mothers, but Trautwig refused to refer to them as that during his commentary at the Olympics. After being called out for it on Twitter, he posted a tweet( which has since been deleted) saying the grandparents “are NOT her parents.” Trautwig afterward apologized for the comments.

On Tuesday, Biles responded to Trautwig in the most graceful way in an interview with US Weekly. The gymnast summed up what the announcer continued to get wrong about adoptive mothers.

“I personally don’t have a comment, ” she told. “My mothers are my parents and that’s it.”

It genuinely is as simple as that.

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