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Mary Bono leaves the US after four days



Former Congresswoman Mary Bono announced on Tuesday that she resigned as Interim President and CEO of USA Gymnastics after a four-day term.

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Bono's selection was immediately criticized by a number of high-caliber gymnasts, including Olympic champions Simone Biles and Aly Raisman.

Raisman questioned Bono's association with the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels who recommended US gymnastics during the sexual abuse scandal Larry Nassar.

"Why hire someone who is in touch with the company that helped cover up our abuse?" Raisman Asked Biles Disagreed with Bono's Response to Nike's Advertising Campaign with NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick

Bono, who was called into her new role on Friday, posted a photo of herself wiping a Nike logo on a golf shoe , In response, Biles whispered, "* Mouth fall * … do not worry, it's not like we needed a smart Usa turntable president or any sponsors or anything."

In a statement announcing her resignation, Bono said: "With deep regret, coupled with a deep love of gymnastics and respect for those who want to become great gymnasts, today I have my resignation as interim CEO of USA Gymnastics tendered. … My withdrawal is being sucked in by personal attacks that, left unprotected, would have made my leading USAG responsible for the organization. "

Bono said in her statement that she stood proudly behind her work at Faegre Baker Daniels.

As for Kaepernick, Bono said: He exercised his first national amendment right kneel [during the national anthem] .I practiced mine." [19659006] She said her response came from her association with families who lost a member of the armed services. She said she had lost her brother-in-law, a Navy SEAL, and she had problems with the "all-sacrificing" part of the Nike Kaepernick campaign. "It was an emotional reaction to the Sponsor's use of this phrase that made me tweet, and I regret that I did not get any better at the time," Bono wrote.

The US Gymnastics Board issued a statement on Tuesday saying they accepted Bono's resignation.

"Despite their commitment to gymnastics and supporting the organization, we believe it is in the best interests of the organization," the statement says. "As a board, we are committed to taking action if we believe a change of course is needed and we join our gymnastic community."

Bono was a stopgap while US gymnastics sought out a permanent successor to Kerry Perry, who resigned under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee in September after spending nine months on the job.

Bono's brief tenure marked another high-profile departure. USA Turne was forced to resign from trainer Mary Lee Tracy on August 31, just three days after she was hired, saying she "inappropriately" contacted a Nassar sexual abuse survivor.

CEO Sarah Hirshland said in a statement that the USOC will continue to work with US gymnastics to find a permanent leader for building a world-class organization.

"Both the USOC staff and myself will work closely with USAG to find a new leader in the short and long term," said Hirshland. "The well-being of the Team USA athletes is our top priority as we manage this process."

Bono worked as a US Representative in Southern California for 15 years from 1998 to 2013. She won her first term in a Republican special election to fill the void left by the death of her husband, former pop star and legislator Sonny Bono.

Mary Bono, 57, has a background in gymnastics. She trained in several clubs for a decade.


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