Olympic announcer apologises for comments about gymnast's parents

Carla Harmon
August 12, 2016

On Monday, Trautwig apologized for his comments about Biles's parents.

"They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents", Trautwig wrote, in the since-deleted tweet.

Mr. Trautwig later issued an apology for his comments.

By now most have heard the life-story of USA Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles.

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As Goldberg notes in her piece, the back and forth suggests that the familial bonds between adoptive relatives are somehow less significant than those in biological families. But I've gotten better, life goes on and that's my past. Goldman said NBC needs to make sure its commentators are educated about adoption.


"It started in 2013 after a little bit before I made the world [championships] team", Simone told NBC. "They don't really understand its permanence". The only thing they care about is Simone and why she's with us. "It is permanent and forever". I can only hope that my 3-year-old is able to avoid hearing it, as she knows that they absolutely are sisters, both of them being "real".

Simone Biles' biological mother, Shannon Biles, doesn't appreciate being characterized as a drug addict by her parents, who adopted Simone.

In a December interview at the family's Houston-area home, she told USA TODAY Sports, "When I was younger, I was adopted by my grandparents, which are now my parents. That's how it was at the beginning", she said.

When we do talk it is briefly - I want to say maybe every three months, when I call, when she calls. With the help of my mom, her grown-up phone manners, and the yellow pages, I got on the horn with a source, a woman who had also been adopted. "She was just like another cousin", said Biles to Texas Monthly.

I don't know about you, but I happen to be a huge Olympic gymnastics fan.

The gritty and seemingly unstoppable Katie Ledecky is also back in the pool, this time to qualify for the 800m freestyle.


It seems here NBC took the appropriate actions at the very minimum.

In 2002, a social worker in OH called Ron, Shanon's father and told him that his daughter was incapable of caring for the four children, according to Bleacher Report.

A 2011 report by DHHS on racial disproportionality noted that, after controlling for poverty and other risk factors, parents of one race were no more likely to mistreat their children than peers of another race.Nonetheless, reports on black children were more likely to be screened for investigation than white children.

It's a phrasing that is demeaning to their relationship, considering that the process of adoption defines the relationship, legally, as parent-child.

But neither statistics nor adoption fees that treat children like commodities adequately address how state adoption interventions acutely target black families.

Simone Biles' mother, Shanon Biles, is exhausted of being painted as an addict, so she spoke to TMZ and revealed that not only is she clean and sober, but she also has a loving relationship with her Olympic athlete daughter!


Except she never does and rarely is.

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