TV Personality Piers Morgan Targets Simone Biles in Scathing Rant
Biles’ teammates have supported her decision, and they went on to win the silver medal in the team finals. Many people on social media has supported her decision as well, but one person is refusing to call Biles’ decision not to compete “brave.” Piers Morgan thinks she is a quitter and has let down her team.
Morgan walked off the show Good Morning Britain after a discussion with his co-workers about Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah. He now regrets the decision to walk away, and wrote, “It WAS gutless and cowardly of me to walk off.” He explained that nobody on Twitter thought he was being “brave” for walking away and nobody cared about his mental health, yet everyone is labeling Biles brave for deciding not to compete in the Olympics.
Morgan wrote a column for the Daily Mail in which he shared his opinion that Biles should compete even if she’s not “having fun.” He shared several quotes from Biles, such as, “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.”
In response, Morgan wrote, “Sorry, WHAT? You’re not just at these Games for yourself, Simone. 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. And when you quit, you were performing as part of a gymnastics team, not yourself. It’s also not supposed to just be about having fun. The Olympics are the pinnacle of sport – the ultimate test of any athlete. They’re supposed to be very hard and very tough, physically, mentally, and any other way you care to name.”
Morgan also pointed out that Biles partly blamed social media for her decision not to compete. Biles said, “There were a couple of days when everybody tweets you and you feel the weight of the world.”
In response to that comment, Morgan wrote, “To which, if I was her coach, I would say, what the hell are you doing scrolling through Twitter during an Olympics? We all know it’s a vile cesspit of heartless trolls, so turn your phone off and watch videos of yourself winning Gold medals instead.”
Now that Biles has walked away from the competition due to her mental health, social media has her back, but Morgan does not. He wrote, “What exactly is so courageous, heroic or inspiring about quitting on your team and country in an Olympics?”
Morgan blamed social media for praising Biles’ decision. He wrote, “One of the worst aspects of social media, especially Twitter, is not just the way it now celebrates losing, failure and quitting as greater achievements than winning, success and resilience, but the vicious manner it bullies and shames into silence anyone who deviates from this warped view of sporting achievement.” He added, “Well sorry if it offends all the howling Twitter snowflake virtue-signallers, but I don’t think it’s remotely courageous, heroic or inspiring to quit.”
Morgan explained that he thinks Biles is putting a lot of pressure on herself. She calls herself the Greatest of All Time, and Morgan thinks that pressure is part of the equation. He wrote, “Just as 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.” He added, “I don’t doubt that sportsmen and women feel under pressure when they compete at a global event like the Olympics. It goes with the territory.”
He ended the piece with a message directly for Biles. “Get back out there Simone, and don’t get sucked into all the weak woke failure-loving Twitter nonsense – you’re too great a champion to be labelled a quitter.”
Do you think Biles is a “quitter” or “brave”? Do you think she made the right decision to prioritize her mental health? Do you think Morgan is completely out of line?