A few days ago, Larry Johnson argued that Simone Biles was dealing with much more than just her mental health when she withdrew from several competitions at the Tokyo Games.
This week, Biles revealed that her aunt died “unexpectedly” during the Tokyo Olympic Games. Biles, who returned to competition after a week off due to mental health concerns, won a bronze medal on the balance beam on Tuesday. The 24-year-old told reporters about the loss of her aunt on her father’s side.
“At the end of the day, people don’t understand what we are going through,” said Biles. “Two days ago, I woke up and my aunt unexpectedly passed, and it wasn’t any easier being here at the Olympic Games.”
Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson wasn’t believing any of it as he basically pounded his chest in victory. He thinks Biles sacrificed her aunt.
“Like I said, her “pride” was not to give up blood and they took her out of all those events, and made her watch from the sidelines. Now she’s back after a quick “mental health” check. Pffffft.”
“People have to realize that, at the end of the day, we’re humans, we’re not just entertainment,” she added. “There are things going on behind the scenes that people have no idea about.”
“I was like, ‘Oh my God. This week needs to be over,'” Biles’ coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi told reporters, referring to when they learned the news of Biles’ aunt. “I asked her, ‘What do you need?’ And she said, ‘I just need some time.’ I said, ‘You call me, text me if you need anything I’ll be here. Whatever that is.’ She called her parents. She said, ‘There’s nothing I can do from over here. So I’m just going to finish my week and when I get home we’ll deal with it.'”