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Mary Bono Resigns As USA Gymnastics CEO Three Days After Taking The Job

Bono resigned over backlash from gymnast Simone Biles over an anti-Nike tweet, which Biles believed to be offensive to black athletes.

INDIANAPOLIS --  USA Gymnastics interim President and CEO Mary Bono is resigning from her position after only three days on the job. 

In her exit statement, she defends a now-deleted tweet from September in which she said she marked out the Nike logo on her shoes after they hired Colin Kaepernick as a spokesman. 

Olympic champion Simone Biles, who is sponsored by Nike, called Bono out yesterday on the social media platform for her post. 

But, even before Biles took to twitter, Bono's relationship with USA Gymnastics was under scrutiny.

Bono, a former California Congresswoman, used to work for the law firm representing disgraced and jailed former Olympic doctor Larry Nassar. 

After Bono's resignation, USA Gymnastics released the following statement:

The USA Gymnastics Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Mary Bono as interim president and CEO.  Despite her commitment to the sport of gymnastics and helping the organization move forward, we believe this is in the best interest of the organization.  We, as a Board, are committed to taking action when we believe a change of course is necessary and to being responsive to our gymnastics community. 

While we continue the search for a permanent president and CEO and are currently seeking input from key stakeholders on that search, we remain steadfast in our efforts to fundamentally transform the organization at all levels to ensure athlete safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do. ...While we have made progress, we have much more work to do. This board is determined to take the necessary steps to support a safe, inclusive and competitive environment where all our athletes and members can grow, have fun and achieve their goals.

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