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Piers Morgan Slammed By Fans Over 'Disgusting' Simone Biles Comments

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Piers Morgan Slammed By Fans Over 'Disgusting' Simone Biles Comments

It wouldn't be the first time that Piers Morgan's comments have offended someone.

And, well, it appears the always-controversial media personality has landed himself in hot water once again - this time for his recent remarks about US Olympian Simone Biles.

Simone Biles. Credit: PA
Simone Biles. Credit: PA

Legendary gymnast Biles was forced to withdraw from the team event in Tokyo, citing mental health concerns as her reasons.

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The 24-year-old admitted she doesn't "trust herself as much" as she used to and therefore made the difficult decision to walk away from the squad.

In the wake of her call, Biles unfortunately found herself squarely in the firing line with some fans slating her being "weak" and "giving up".

Unsurprisingly, it turns out one of those people who didn't have any sympathy for Biles was former News of the World and Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan.

Piers Morgan. Credit: ITV
Piers Morgan. Credit: ITV
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Morgan was quick to jump on the bandwagon and bombard Biles with his not-so-pleasant take on the matter.

"Are 'mental health issues' now the go-to excuse for any poor performance in elite sport? What a joke," he tweeted.

"Just admit you did badly, made mistakes, and will strive to do better next time. Kids need strong role models not this nonsense."

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Fans immediately came out to bat for Biles, jumping to her defence byblasting Morgan for having the audacity to question someone's mental state.

One social media user replied: "Stop writing nasty, spiteful stuff just to get attention."

While another added: "You do realise they are being role models by talking about their mental health. We need and want more people to talk about it. We don't need people like you making snide comments like this and adding to the stigma. You're part of the problem."

As one commented: "Telling people to tough it out when they have made clear they are suffering with a mental health condition is exactly why so many people refuse to come forward and get help. Get a grip Piers."

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But perhaps the best comment came from one Twitter user, who said: " 'Tough it out' says the man who ran off set and quit his job because someone had a point of view he didn't like!"

The crux of the replies hitting back at Morgan included one word in particular: "Disgusting".

Morgan wasn't done there though.

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Despite heavy backlash, he then doubled down on his earlier comments.

"Athletes are now deemed more courageous, inspiring and heroic if they lose or quit then if they win or tough it out, which is ridiculous," he tweeted.

"I blame Twitter's virtue-signallers for fuelling this culture of celebrating weakness. The real world doesn't think like that."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Gymnastics, olympics, Tokyo Olympics, Mental Health, Twitter, Australia

Max Sherry
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