Mary Bono, the interim CEO of USA Gymnastics, tendered her resignation Tuesday just four days after accepting the position.
“It is with profound regret, coupled with a deep love for the sport of gymnastics and respect for those who aspire to be great gymnasts, that I today tendered my resignation as the Interim CEO of USA Gymnastics,” Bono wrote in a statement on Twitter.
“My regret is that I would have brought to the organization, the angst and anger of my own story: a young aspiring gymnast who witnessed first-hand the assaulting behavior of a coach; watched peers who acquiesced in it move ahead while those who didn’t were left behind, and myself stayed silent — perhaps the norm then, but very troubling to me to this day.”
Here is the statement I released earlier today regarding my resignation from USA Gymnastics pic.twitter.com/Oqga5FTXvx
— Mary Bono (@MaryBonoUSA) October 16, 2018
Bono’s resignation comes days after a tweet of hers emerged with her covering up the Nike symbol on a pair of golf shoes in protest of Colin Kaepernick signing with the company.
“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.'” Bono wrote. “It was an emotional reaction to the sponsor’s use of that phrase that caused me to tweet, and I regret that at the time I didn’t better clarify my feelings. That one tweet has now been made the litmus test of my reputation over almost two decades of public service.”
The video was met with backlash in the public along with negativity from members of USA Gymnastics. Simone Biles replied to the tweet, as well.
USA Gymnastics confirmed Bono’s resignation.
“The USA Gymnastics Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Mary Bono as interim president and CEO,” the statement read. “Despite her commitment to the sport of gymnastics and helping the organization move forward, we believe this is in the best interest of the organization. “
The U.S. Olympic committee also released a statement.
“We learned today that the interim CEO of USA Gymnastics, Mary Bono, resigned from her position,” USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote in the statement. “While the situation is unfortunate, we know that USA Gymnastics remains dedicated to the process of finding a new and permanent CEO. 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.”
Former USA Gymnastics CEOs Steve Penny and Kerry Perry have also been forced to resign in the last 19 months.
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March 2017 – CEO Steve Penny forced to resign
Dec. 1 – Kerry Perry takes over as CEO
Jan. 25 – USOC requires USAG board to resign
Sept. 4 – Perry forced to resign
Oct. 12 – Mary Bono named interim CEO
Oct. 16 – Bono resigns after public criticism
— Rachel Axon (@RachelAxon) October 16, 2018