Bono resigns as USA Gymnastics president after 4 days
When former California Congresswoman Mary Bono took over as the interim president for USA Gymnastics last week, she pointed to the opportunity to "reconnect" with a sport she loved growing up.
The connection lasted all of four days.
Bono stepped down yesterday, saying she felt her affiliation with the embattled organization would be a "liability" after a social media post by Bono criticizing Nike and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick drew widespread scrutiny within the gymnastics community.
She posted a picture on Twitter in September of herself drawing over a Nike logo on a golf shoe. Bono, who was at a golf tournament for families who have lost members of the armed services at the time, called the tweet "an emotional reaction" to Nike's use of the phrase "believing in something even if it means sacrificing everything."
Bono said in a statement "I regret that at the time I didn't better clarify my feelings." Bono defended her right to express her beliefs, though she later deleted the tweet and the USA Gymnastics board of directors expressed its disappointment while pledging its support.