Simone Biles Responds to NBC Sportscaster’s Comment About Her Parents

Not bothered by it. Simone Biles and the rest of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team took home the gold at the team all-around finals on Tuesday, August 9, and in the excitement of their history-making accomplishment, Biles wasn’t too concerned about one NBC commentator’s flippant remark about her parents.

On Sunday, August 7, gymnastics announcer Al Trautwig found himself in the middle of a social media controversy after he said on-air that Biles, 19, “was raised by her grandfather and his wife and she calls them mom and dad.” Biles’ parents, Ron and Nellie Biles, adopted her and her little sister 15 years ago.

Simone Biles of the United States waves to fans with her gold medal after the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Simone Biles of the United States waves to fans with her gold medal after the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. David Ramos/Getty Images


“I personally don’t have a comment,” the gymnast told Us Weekly exclusively on Tuesday. “My parents are my parents and that’s it.”

Trautwig made the situation worse when he defended his word choice after a viewer corrected him on Twitter. “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents,” he tweeted later that same day. The message has since been deleted.

Instead of getting entangled in the social media fallout that ensued — Trautwig was made to apologize for his blunder by NBC on Monday — Biles has been celebrating the Final Five’s phenomenal victory.

Gold medalists Alexandra Raisman, Madison Kocian, Lauren Hernandez, Gabrielle Douglas and Simone Biles of the United States pose during the medal ceremony in the Artistic Gymnastics women's team final on day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gold medalists Alexandra Raisman, Madison Kocian, Lauren Hernandez, Gabrielle Douglas and Simone Biles of the United States pose during the medal ceremony in the Artistic Gymnastics women's team final on day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

“We are all too happy to cry because it hasn’t even hit us,” she told Us, commending the team’s coach, Martha Karolyi, for her hard work with Team USA. “Martha has given us all the confidence in the world we need by doing pressure sets in practice. … She prepares us for everything so there’s nothing that we don’t expect when we go out there. We expect everything.”

“It was everything I wanted and more,” the excited gymnast continued. “I imagined I was going to be crying but I think we’re all just happy. I haven’t found the word yet, I need a dictionary!”

Simone Biles of the United States competes in the floor exercise during Women's qualification for Artistic Gymnastics on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Simone Biles of the United States competes in the floor exercise during Women's qualification for Artistic Gymnastics on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images

Biles is the first gymnast to receive five gold medals at a single Olympic Games.

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