USA Gymnastics CEO Forced To Resign 5th Day On The Job Over Anti-Nike Tweet

Interim USA Gymnastics CEO Mary Bono was forced to resign after several gymnasts complained about her prior actions.

Indianapolis, IN – The newest chief executive officer of USA Gymnastics was forced to resign only five days after she started because of an anti-Nike tweet she posted in September.

Interim USA Gymnastics CEO Mary Bono, a former congresswoman, posted a picture of herself using a marker to black out the Nike logo on her golf cleats, according to The Hill.

“Playing in a charity golf tournament raising money for our nation’s Special Forces operators and their families. Unfortunately, had these shoes in my bag. Luckily, I had a marker in my bag too ….” Bono tweeted more than a month before she took the helm of USA Gymnastics.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, who is sponsored by Nike, called Bono out for her tweet on Oct. 13.

“*mouth drop* don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything,” Biles tweeted.

Bono later deleted the tweet, and posted on Twitter that she regretted having made it.

She said the tweet did not reflect how she would handle her duties at USA Gymnastics.

But for many critics, it was too little, too late.

USA Gymnastics is still trying to recover in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal and a poorly chosen CEO who was forced to resign after only nine months earlier this year, The Washington Post reported.

After Biles criticized Bono’s anti-Nike tweet, six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman also raised concerns about the new chief.

Bono previously worked for a law firm that represented former team doctor Larry Nassar who was ultimately sentenced to 40 to 175 years for being a serial child molester, according to The Washington Post.

“My teammates & I reported Nassar’s abuse to USAG in 2015,” Raisman tweeted on Monday. “We now know [the U.S. Olympic Committee] & lawyers at Faegre Baker Daniels [Bono’s firm] were also told then, yet Nassar continued to abuse children for 13 months!? Why hire someone associated with the firm that helped cover up our abuse?”

On Tuesday, Bono announced she was stepping down from her new job in yet another social media post.

“My withdrawal comes in the wake of personal attacks that, left undefended, would have made my leading USAG a liability for the organization,” Bono tweeted. “With respect to Mr. Kaepernick, he nationally exercised his first amendment right to kneel. I exercised mine: to mark over on my own golf shoes, the logo of the company sponsoring him for “believing in something even if it means sacrificing everything” – while at a tournament for families who have lost a member of the armed services (including my brother-in-law, a Navy SEAL) who literally ‘sacrificed everything.’’

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“It was an emotional reaction to the sponsor’s use of that phrase that caused me to tweet, and I regret that at the time I didn’t better clarify my feelings,” she explained.

“That one tweet has now been made the litmus test of my reputation over almost two decades of public service,” she posted.

Comments (45)
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Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Why because its racist to tweet about another company now? Absurd.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

There's going to be many of you that chastise this decision, but feel free to check back at a post where the roles were reversed, and just repeat what you said there.

Here, I'll start. "Maybe if she would have just done [insert job title here] instead of getting political, she would still have a job."

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

She doesn’t spout the liberal point of view so she has no 1st Amendment rights! Disgusting! However the Demon Rats can call for violence and that’s okay! If she had praised Nike she would have had a job for life and gotten a pay raise.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@NTPD935Ret This has absolutely nothing to do with the first Amendment. Instead of villifying Democrats, do your own party a favor and read the Constitution.

oldcop135
oldcop135

'Public service?' mouth drop There's gotta be a litmus tester around here somewhere.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I don't think she did anything wrong. She simply tried to hide a logo from a company that endorses a anti American, Fidel Castro worshiping, ex football player. I see nothing wrong with her stance considering what that the venue was to honor those who actually did something for their country.

angeleyes
angeleyes

I don't blame her and if i even have any nike crap left i would have done the same. So sorry she was judged on this both personally and professionally. Apparently, only certain people are allowed to ever have an opinion about anything. Thank God others are able to do so without repercussions. Maybe Adidias or Rebook should hire her to be their sponsor and use that as their commercial showing after the affair, she throws them in the trash where they belong.

Grog
Grog

I can't blame her. She was exercising her right to "free speech." However, in this liberal, cry baby world, it's "Free speech for me, but not for thee." Hope she sues!

Righton17
Righton17

I did the same exact thing to my Nike's and will continue to obliterate every aspect of their logo in my home. Same with Levi's. She had every right to express herself just as Nike expressed themselves. Why are they allowed to use their products in our Olympic village anyway when there are good America supporting companies standing tall for our flag?

Righton17
Righton17

Care to elaborate on your nonsense.

pattyollie
pattyollie

Figures the complainer was black.

rightcoast5147
rightcoast5147

The 12 year old could have had a. gun, if she shoot someone the officer would have been the blame for not cuffing her. Now a days the officiers are dam if they do and dam if that don't. We have to start backing.the police or one day when calling 911 there will be no police to send. Officers retireing early and no one to fill their jobs. What person wants to take a job that puts their life in danger every day and has no backing from their city officials. And these type of law suits should not even make it to court.

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

She should tell the USA Gymnastics to KISS HER ASS

Marxest
Marxest

People in certain positions would be WISE to refrain from posting their divisive politics on social media. No matter how high you are, you can ALWAYS fall. It's unfortunate that this happened to her, but it could have been avoided if she simply thought before she spoke her silly mind on Twitter. Now she's feeling the same pressure that she wanted to apply. Now she has sacrificed. I hope this experience makes her a better and wiser person.

fellingburg
fellingburg

I will: This dual sense of justice is causing many people to lose their right to express their opinion. Kap's right to demean and degrade symbols of America does not allow MB to express her views of Nike. To MB, I say: Thank you (though unintentionally)for exposing this Const.aberration of justice.

61mouse
61mouse

I don't know why she decided to delete it, but wish she would REPOST IT

Whutsup
Whutsup

When you are representing the USA you should not be sponsoring or sponsored by anti-American rhetoric or companies that fan that type of publicity.

GBach
GBach

Simone Biles is a moron as is the reason for firing this lady. However, if what Raisman said is true, and this lady was part of a law firm that tried to cover up Nassar's sexual abuse, then she should have been fired anyway.