Piers Morgan slammed on Twitter for criticizing Simone Biles

Piers Morgan criticized Simone Biles’ choice to drop out of the gymnastics team finals and for “quitting on her team” in a brand new column Wednesday, drawing backlash from followers who mentioned the longtime broadcaster was being insensitive to her mental health struggles.

“I don’t think it’s remotely courageous, heroic or inspiring to quit,” Piers wrote within the column, revealed within the Daily Mail.

“When you call yourself the GOAT in sport, you can’t then quit the moment things get tough or you make a mistake. Something that I’m sure Simone Biles, in her heart, must realise because she’s a great champion and great champions just don’t do that.”

On Tuesday, Biles surprised the world when she introduced she’d be dropping out of the gymnastics team finals in Tokyo so she might focus on her psychological well being and on Wednesday, USA Gymnastics introduced she was additionally opting out of Thursday’s all-around contest.

“Physically, I feel good, I’m in shape,” Biles mentioned of the choice to depart her workforce, which ended up winning the silver medal in her absence.

Simone Biles of the United States watches her teammates after withdrawing from the artistic gymnastics women's team final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, July 27, 2021.
Simone Biles shocked the world after she withdrew from the workforce gymnastics ultimate.
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“Emotionally, that sort of varies on the time and second. Coming to the Olympics and being head star isn’t a simple feat.

“I feel like I’m also not having as much fun. This Olympic Games, I wanted it to be for myself, but I came in and I felt like I was still doing it for other people. It hurts my heart that doing what I love has been kind of taken away from me to please other people.”

Morgan slammed Biles’ feedback and mentioned the Olympics aren’t about “fun,” nor are they for any particular person athlete.


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“You are part of Team USA, representing the United States of America, and hundreds of millions of American people watching back home, not to mention all the sponsors who’ve paid huge sums to support you,” Morgan wrote.

“And when you quit, you were performing as part of a gymnastics team, not yourself.”

Twitter customers have been fast to leap on Morgan’s feedback and name him out for walking off the set of Good Morning Britain throughout an argument earlier this 12 months with a co-worker about Meghan Markle, which the broadcaster admitted was “wrong,” “gutless and cowardly” in his column.

Piers Morgan speaks to reporters outside his home in Kensington, central London, the morning after it was announced by broadcaster ITV that he was leaving as a host of Good Morning Britain.
Piers Morgan has been criticized for his feedback, with some calling him insensitive.
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Fans of Biles mentioned psychological well being issues should be taken significantly and her capacity to talk out about them and decide out of the competition was an act of braveness.

“When someone takes their own life, the amount of times you hear ‘if only they’d reached out’ but when someone speaks out about their mental health you get tweets like this,” Madz_27 tweeted in response to Morgan.

“I just knew you’d attack Simone like this,” James Donnelly added.

“Have you ever thought that mental health issues has gone on for decades, but because of stigma, taboo, or just scared, it’s been kept secret. But now we are more open to discussing the subject, more will open up. And that IS inspiring.”

Adam Forder wrote “kids need to see that their role models are human beings too” whereas Milly Gilbert noted the sexual abuse Biles suffered by the hands of sicko sports activities physician Larry Nassar.

“She was sexually assaulted over and over again,” Gilbert tweeted.

“She was sexually assaulted and now has her own gym for young girls to protect them.” 

About two hours after the column posted, Morgan tweeted a photograph of him and Biles and inspired her to return to the competition. 

(L-R) Jordan Chiles, Simone Biles, Grace McCallum and Sunisa Lee of Team United States look on during the medal ceremony after winning silver during the Women's team final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
Although Simone Biles dropped out of the competitors, her teammates stepped as much as carry USA to silver.
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“You can either listen to snowflake Twitter, @Simone_Biles – or listen to me. You’re a great champion, & great champions get back on their feet when they get knocked down,” Morgan wrote.

“So, re-engage in these Games, win Gold, & inspire with the power of resilience not resignation. Go for it.”

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