The new boss of US gymnastics says she “regrets” a month-old tweet which perceived to criticise Nike’s decision to make NFL celebrity Colin Kaepernick the face in their new promoting marketing campaign.
Mary Bono, 56, had tweeted an image of herself colouring within the Nike brand.
Quarterback Kaepernick protested in opposition to racial injustice through kneeling right through the US nationwide anthem.
US four-time Olympic champion gymnast Simon Biles expressed her wonder at Bono’s put up, tweeting: “Mouth drop.”
Biles, who’s backed through Nike, added: “It’s not like we needed a smarter US gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything.”
Former congresswoman Bono used to be appointed interim boss on Friday, as a short lived alternative for Kerry Perry, who resigned in September, 9 months into the process, after being criticised for her dealing with of the fallout from the Larry Nassar abuse scandal.
Biles told the BBC last week it used to be a “relief” and “empowering” to talk out about being the sufferer of sexual abuse through jailed US Gymnastics workforce physician Nassar.
In January, Nassar used to be sentenced to as much as 175 years after just about 160 ladies accused him of sexual abuse.
Responding to her personal preliminary tweet, Bono wrote: “I remorseful about the put up and admire everybody’s perspectives and basic proper to precise them.
“This does not mirror how I will be able to method my place at USA Gymnastics. I will be able to do the whole thing I will to assist construct, with the neighborhood, an open, protected and sure setting.
“I know the tweet will live on but have taken it down to move the focus to all I hope to accomplish on behalf of a great sport and those who are dedicated to it.”