*Simone Biles celebrated her 23rd birthday over the weekend and she highlighted her special day by calling on the USA Gymnastics to conduct an independent investigation of Larry Nassar, the former Team USA doctor who sexually abused Biles and over 150 women and girls.
It all began when USA Gymnastics wished the four-time Olympic gold medalist a happy birthday on Twitter: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the most decorated gymnast of all time, @simonebiles! We know you will only continue to amaze us and make history!” the organization tweeted.
Biles responded with a birthday wish of her own: “how about you amaze me and do the right thing… have an independent investigation,” she wrote, MadameNoire reports.
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Nassar is currently serving 300 years in prison after being sentenced in 2018 to sexually abusing female gymnasts over the course of two decades.
Biles previously voiced her disappointment with how USA Gymnastics handled his alleged victims.
“It’s hard coming here for an organization having had them failed us so many times,” she told FOX reporters back in 2019. “And we had one goal and we’ve done everything that they’ve asked us for, even when we didn’t want to and they couldn’t do one damn job. You had one job. You literally had one job and you couldn’t protect us.”
She also noted her reluctance to engage with new staffers.
“How can we trust them?” Biles said about USA Gymnastics. “They bring in new people all the time and I automatically put my foot up because the people that I had known for years had failed us.”
Biles has since sought treatment in therapy to address the abuse she endured.
“Everyone’s healing process is different and I think that’s the hardest part,” she said. “Because I feel like maybe I should be healed or this or that. But I feel like it will be an open wound for a really long time and it might not ever get closed or healed.”