Simone Biles wants answers from USA Gymnastics. In June 2015, the 22-year-old was one of the three gymnasts named as being uncomfortable around team doctor, Larry Nassar, who is currently serving 60 years in prison from child pornography and sexual abuse charges in Michigan. However, Steve Penny, the former head of USA Gymnastics, never asked an investigator to speak with her, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. When Biles saw the article, she reacted to the news via Twitter.
"Can’t tell you how hard this is to read and process. The pain is real and doesn’t just go away...especially when new facts are still coming out. What’s it going to take for a complete and independent investigation of both USOPC and USAG???" Biles wrote.
There were a number of Biles' fans who responded to her tweet, chiming in with support and love for the Olympic medalist.
"So, basically, all of you were giving Olympic training maximum effort, while being simultaneously sexually assaulted and silenced. Simone, you're a hero on many levels. Thank you for the joy you've given to our world. I hope we can ALL now share our love by staying on them," wrote one fan.
"I'm so sorry USAG failed you (and all of us). It makes me furious. Your gymnastics is simply amazing; it's on its own level," added another.
More fans continued to show their support for Biles on Twitter with an outpouring of love and respect for Biles.
And, if any woman is sexually abused, call 911!!! Don’t tell the “organization” or the FBI, tell the local police. Sex crimes are investigated by the local police and charged in state courts. The FBI and feds ONLY charge child porn and sex registration crimes. Orgs cover up— Catherine McEnroe (@CatherineMcEnr1) November 22, 2019
We love you Simone. You deserved so, so much better than how you were treated. You have been so strong and brave speaking out and competing. I am glad you have such a supportive partner and family. I am so sorry that USA was worse than we knew ...which was already horrible.— eLena eremina shushunova produnova (@lenibriscoe) November 22, 2019
Keep fighting Simone. I never spoke out and it still bothers me. They're waiting for you to give up. It's obviously they forgot who they're dealing with.— Scarlett Ramirez (@Tigresa_de1810) November 22, 2019
"I feel like you can always talk the talk, but you have to show up and you have to prove,'' Biles said. "You just have to do your job at the end of the day. It would almost be better if you just prove to everyone rather than talking, because talking is easy."