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Texas Deputy Attorney General Aaron Reitz (R) deleted a tweet calling gymnast Simone Biles a "national embarrassment" and issued an apology to the Olympian after the state's attorney general came to her defense and criticized "a very inappropriate" tweet made by one of the office's employees.
In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, Reitz said he owed Biles, whoin Texas, "an apology." "A big one," he added, while also attaching a statement saying his personal social media comments "do not represent Attorney General Paxton or the Office of the Attorney General."
Watch Simone Biles tell USA Gymnastics teammates she was withdrawing from Olympics team final
Microphones picked up what Biles said as she was telling teammates she was making her exit from the team competition.People criticized the decision; some said she abandoned her teammates and let them down. But video of Biles walking off during the competition shows not only the encouragement she gave them, but also the mutual support they gave her as they continued to fight for a medal in Tokyo.
"In a moment of frustration and disappointment, I opined on subjects for which I am not adequately versed. That was an error. I can't imagine what Simone Biles has gone through," Reitz said in the statement.
"Simone Biles is a true patriot and one of the greatest gymnasts of our time. I apologize to her, and wish her well," he added.
I owe- Aaron Reitz (@aaron_reitz) an apology. A big one. My statement:
Reitz in aearlier this week criticized Biles, calling her "childish" and "selfish" after the athlete from the U.S. women's Olympic team final, and the individual all-around competition.
USA Gymnastics said Biles, who is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, decided to withdraw from the competition "in order to focus on her mental health" after "further medical evaluation."
Aaron Rodgers empathizes with Simone Biles, says he worked on 'mental state' in offseason
Aaron Rodgers, back in camp with the Green Bay Packers after an offseason of discontent, empathized with Olympian Simone Biles deciding to focus on her mental health during his first media availability of training camp on Wednesday. "I think it's important that we work on our mental state and as you've seen with Simone Biles, I think there needs to be more conversation around that," Rodgers said.Rodgers was asked what it was like to miss organized team practice activities (OTAs) for the first time in his career and said it was "great." He then spoke of Biles and the need to de-clutter his mind over the offseason.
While referencing a tweet from a conservative showing gymnast Kerri Strug help secure a gold Olympic medal for the U.S. in 1996 after injuring her ankle, Reitz also tweeted, "Contrast this with our selfish, childish national embarrassment, Simone Biles."
Later on Wednesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) came out in defense of Biles on Twitter, while also vowing to internally handle an incident involving employee who recently made a "insensitive tweet."
"Today I learned about a very inappropriate and insensitive tweet by one of our employees. This will be handled internally," Paxton said in the tweet, which also include a photo of his statement defending Biles after the criticism.
"I know Simone Biles - she is a fantastic athlete but an even better person," Paxton said. "Mental health is far more important than any athletic competition and I fully support her decision."
Today I learned about a very inappropriate and insensitive tweet by one of our employees.
This will be handled internally.- Texas Attorney General (@TXAG)
Aaron Rodgers 'Very Proud' of Simone Biles .
The Packers QB credited Biles for speaking her truth in her mental health journey. When U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Games citing her mental health, it set off a global conversation about mental health in sports and the pressure athletes endure to perform even when they're not at their best.After opening up about her personal journey on the world's biggest stage, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers credited Biles on Friday for having the courage to share her truth and the mental battles she's faced.