Piers Morgan Brands Simone Biles A ‘Joke’ After Olympics Withdrawal

Credit: @piersmorgan/simonebiles/Instagram

Piers Morgan has branded Simone Biles a ‘joke’ after she pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics US gymnastics team final. 

The former Good Morning Britain host, who quit the daytime show over controversial comments he made about Meghan Markle, has taken to Twitter and pulled apart the Olympian’s claims of mental health issues.

He penned: “Are ‘mental health issues’ now the go-to excuse for any poor performance in elite sport? What a joke.

Watch as Simone Biles addresses her withdrawal from the Olympic Games in the clip below…

“Just admit you did badly, made mistakes, and will strive to do better next time.

“Kids need strong role models, not this nonsense.”

His comments come after Biles dropped out of the artistic finals, moments after receiving the worst vault score she’s been given in her entire career.

Addressing her withdrawal, the 24-year-old stated: “After the performance I did, I just didn’t want to go on. I have to focus on my mental health. I just think mental health is more prevalent in sports right now.

“We have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do.”

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Piers Morgan has dubbed Simone Biles a ‘joke’ after pulling out of the Tokyo Olympics. Credit: @simonebiles/Instagram

She continued: “I don’t trust myself as much anymore. Maybe it’s getting older. There were a couple of days when everybody tweets you and you feel the weight of the world.

“We’re not just athletes. We’re people at the end of the day and sometimes you just have to step back. I didn’t want to go out and do something stupid and get hurt. ​I feel like a lot of athletes speaking up has really helped.

“It’s so big, it’s the Olympic Games. At the end of the day, we don’t want to be carried out of there on a stretcher.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.