Jayson Tatum slams Simone Biles hater who called Olympian a ‘selfish sociopath’
While Biles got a lot of support for her decision, especially from her former USA Gymnastics teammates like Aly Raisman and Laurie Hernandez, there were also more than a few who criticized her for the shocking exit. One of which is Conservative activist and radio talk show host Charlie Kirk, who called Biles a “selfish sociopath.”
Kirk simply didn’t stop there, as he blamed Biles for USA’s silver medal finish, with Russia taking the gold. He then called the Olympian a “shame to the country,” noting that the nation is raising “weak people” like the 24-year-old.
Tatum saw the commentary and couldn’t hold back as he defended Biles. The Celtics star keep it classy, though, adding that Biles is a hero and should be treated like one.
Is it that hard to be supportive and empathetic to what others are going through? This is someone’s daughter and her health your referring to. Wonder if he has kids and how he would feel as a parent someone talking about his kids this way. Cause I’d be DAMNED. Simone is a hero! https://t.co/kJWnXK2tlk
— Jayson Tatum (@jaytatum0) July 28, 2021
For those not in the know, Simone Biles had to withdraw for what USA Gymnastics called a “medical issue.” She had an awkward landing from her vault exercise before being attended by a trainer and leaving. She returned later on to cheer for her teammates.
While everyone thought it’s a physical issue, Biles later revealed it’s because of her mental health.
“Physically, I feel good, I’m in shape,” Biles told Hoda Kotb on TODAY. “Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment. Coming to the Olympics and being head star isn’t an easy feat, so we’re just trying to take it one day at a time and we’ll see.”
The mental health of athletes has been talked about in recent years, but clearly, a lot of people still don’t understand the pressure athletes go through during competitions. As Jayson Tatum said it, people could have been more “supportive and empathetic.”
Besides, Simone Biles has already brought a ton of honor to USA. For anyone who needs any reminding, she has four Olympic and 19 World Championships gold medals.