Simone Biles Has Short & Sweet Response to Commentator Refusing to Call Ron & Nellie Her Parents

When U.S. Gymnast Simone Biles was just five years old, she and her sister were put up for adoption after their mother was deemed unfit to care for them.

Biles’s maternal grandfather, Ron Biles, and his wife, Nellie, adopted both of the girls.

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Image Credit: Emmanuel Dunand/Getty Images

Nellie remembers the moment Biles called her “mom” for the first time:

“Before that, it was ‘hammom,’ instead of ‘grandmom,’” she tells Time. “And she said, ‘Hammom, can I call you mom?’ I’ll never forget that.” Biles tried it out and started giggling. “She thought it was the funniest thing ever to call me mom.”

From that point on, Ron and Nellie were mom and dad. However, NBC commentator Al Trautwig, refused to call them Biles’s parents. Instead he referred to them as “Simone’s grandfather and his wife.”

When he was called out for not calling Ron and Nellie her parents, this is how Trautwig responded:

While Trautwig has since deleted the tweet, the best gymnast in the world was asked about his stance anyway. Her response was short and powerful, telling Us Weekly:

“I personally don’t have a comment. My parents are my parents and that’s it.”


Endless photos on Biles’s Instagram prove just that:

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Biles’s parents have been there for her every step of the way. Here they are in gripping anticipation, watching Simone compete in Rio.

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They plan to continue supporting Simone well into the future, opening up a gym for her in their native Spring, Texas.

Posted by World Champions Centre on Thursday, July 14, 2016

It doesn’t matter if Ron and Nellie are Biles’s “adoptive” parents; to her, they are mom and dad, and that’s all that matters.

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