USA gymnastics president resigns after getting attacked for anti-Nike stand. She goes out fighting.

Just days into her job as interim USA Gymnastics president, Mary Bono resigned due to a resurfaced anti-Nike Twitter post.

Bono had apologized after she came under fire for the tweet in which she crossed out a Nike logo on a pair of golf shoes at a celebrity golf tournament following Nike’s announcement of its new marketing campaign with Colin Kaepernick.

Bono resigned Tuesday, after just five days in her new role following the resignation of former president Kerry Perry, saying she submitted her resignation with “profound regret” as she took a shot at the former NFL quarterback.

“My withdrawal comes in the wake of personal attacks that, left undefended, would have made my leading USAG a liability for the organization,” Bono said in a statement.

“With respect to Mr. Kaepernick, he nationally exercised his first amendment right to kneel. I exercised mine: to mark over on my own golf shoes, the logo of the company sponsoring him for ‘believing in something even if it means sacrificing everything’ — while at a tournament for families who have lost a member of the armed services (including my brother-in-law, a Navy SEAL) who literally ‘sacrificed everything,'” she said.

Bono is a former U.S. Representative for California’s 45th congressional district who was first elected to Congress to replace her late husband, Sonny Bono – of Sonny and Cher fame – after he died. She served as a Republican congresswoman from 1998 to 2013.

USA Gymnastics reportedly accepted Bono’s resignation, saying it was in the organization’s “best interest.”

“We believe this is in the best interest of the organization,” the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors said in a statement. “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.”

The Board of Directors had previously admitted missing Bono’s tweet in an earlier review but said they hoped to “move forward.”

“Before extending an offer to Mary Bono to be the interim president and CEO of USA Gymnastics, the Board of Directors did review Ms. Bono’s background, including her social media activity,” the USA Gymnastics’ Board of Directors had said in a statement. “Unfortunately, her tweet about Nike was an oversight on our part. We are disappointed about the tweet and Mary has expressed regret in posting it. We support Mary and her ability to help us move forward in the interim period.”

Bono’s tweet and subsequent apology had drawn backlash from many including Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, who is sponsored by Nike.

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman criticized Bono’s connection to the law firm which represented USA Gymnastics as allegations of abuse by former Olympics doctor Larry Nassar began to surface.

The U.S. Olympic Committee was informed of Bono’s resignation as well.

“While the situation is unfortunate, we know that USA Gymnastics remains dedicated to the process of finding a new and permanent CEO,” U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland said, according to Fox Business. “The USOC is committed to working hard with the USAG board to find the right leader who can build gymnastics up to the world-class organization we know that it can and should be.”

Bono’s resignation and her parting shot at Kaepernick drew mixed reactions on Twitter .


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