Simone Biles Supports Aly Raisman After Apparent Criticism from Gabby Douglas

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 17, 2017

Gymnasts Aly Raisman, left, and Simone Biles arrive at the ESPYS at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Simone Biles has responded to controversial comments made by her United States gymnastics teammate Gabby Douglas.

Douglas tweeted women have a "responsibility" to dress "modestly and be classy" in a reply to a social media message from Aly Raisman, who was also on the 2016 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, about women having the right to be "sexy and comfortable in their own skin" without being harassed by men.

Here was Biles' response to Douglas' comment:

Simone Biles @Simone_Biles

shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me... honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her. I support you Aly 💕 & all the other women out there! STAY STRONG https://t.co/CccTzhyPcb

Douglas would later tweet a follow-up statement on her original tweet:

Gabby Douglas @gabrielledoug

i didn’t correctly word my reply & i am deeply sorry for coming off like i don’t stand alongside my teammates. regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable. i am WITH you. #metoo

In an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes that aired Nov. 12, Raisman said Larry Nassar, the former doctor for the United States gymnastics team, sexually abused her. 

"I didn't know anything differently," she said (via Mark Moore of the New York Post). "We were told he is the best doctor. He's the United States Olympic doctor and the USA Gymnastics doctor, and we were very lucky we were able to see him."

Nassar has a Nov. 27 sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography and destruction and concealment of records in July. 

Raisman, Biles and Douglas were all members of the U.S. gymnastics team that won the team all-around gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Douglas and Raisman also won team gold in London in 2012.


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