They are young, but should know better. I understand Morgan's frustration with all the focus and attention being on Simone. Morgan did win the World AA title after all. But, I also hope that Simone, being older and wiser, will just drop it. It doesn't look good for either of them to continue this way. I love both of these awesome athletes, so I hope this stops. Morgan should have known that her tweet would not go unnoticed and would cause some drama.I totally agree. I am so glad social media was in its infancy when I was that age. Better decisions should have been made, but I try to remind myself how young they are.
It's immature all around for sure. But most kids/young adults that age are immature.
I agree with the last paragraph 100%, but the rest, only partially.I genuinely have no opinion on the substance of the tweets or of the opinions on this thread. A lot more went on under the public iceberg.
What bothers me is that many people assume that the proper behavior of these two young women was to say nothing and take the high road. Taking the high road is a commendable choice, but it is an EQUALLY commendable choice to speak up. I hope we have emerged from the past gymnastics culture of silence where speaking up and having an opinion is rendered immature or being a troublemaker. It smacks of putting Baby in the corner, and no one puts Baby in the corner (anymore). At a minimum, one athlete believes she was bullied and another feels she should be respected for her accomplishments. Not only are these appropriate feelings to have, but they are also feelings they should be able to share (or choose not to share).
To me, it's a very exciting time in gymnastics that we have four young American women (Simone, Morgan, Ragan and Riley) who could win the world championship on the right day. Such depth creates competition. Competition is healthy. Conflict is also healthy because it allows people to work through their emotional issues instead of stifling them. Female gymnasts have long been put on a pedestal of pixie-ness, but male athletes are given more room to engage with their sport, with each other and with the public. I would like female gymnasts to be given the same wide range of understanding and appreciation. Someone recently asked me if Tom Brady threw shade at a fellow athlete, would we have the same reaction? Would we think Tom was being feisty and competitive, while the same words from a 17-year-old Nadia Comaneci would feel tasteless?
Frankly, the more our athletes are honest, multi-dimensional and diverse, the more the sport overall will benefit and the more sponsors will want to engage with USAG. Even in Level 3 practice, if a gymnast has a bad day, it's wrong to expect her to go bounding out of the gym with a smile on her face. Learning how to crawl out of a valley and appreciate sadness from joy are healthy human emotions. For every Nancy, there is a Tonya. For every Tara, there is a Sarah. These varieties propel sport forward. We should not be afraid of opinions and conflict, EVEN when we personally disagree with the content expressed.
We don’t know if she tried to address it in person/directly or not. Maybe she did and it didn’t go well? Hopefully all will learn a lesson from this and they’ll be able to move forward as a team.I know nothing about the situation other than what has been written in this thread. And while I agree that everyone is allowed to have feelings, and express their feelings, I think my distaste is for Simone taking this conflict public, to her 1 million twitter followers, instead of, I presume, trying to handle it directly with Morgan.
And I feel that if she chose to take it public instead of addressing the conflict with Morgan directly, then she should have been direct about what the conflict was, and expressed her feelings more clearly, rather than tweeting vague, cryptic messages (at least, they seem vague and cryptic to me, but maybe I am missing something because I am old and not knowledgeable about social media). Bringing this conflict to the attention of 1 million plus people in such a cryptic way seems to increasing the “drama.”
Perhaps unfair, but I guess I had higher expectations if Simone, who is older, more experienced, and clearly just such a dominant gymnast.
Morgan apparently posted something on her private Instagram which I presume was just for close friends, and not everyone in the world, right? But again, I am old and don’t get social media, so I may not understand it correctly. And Simone found out, her feelings were hurt and she felt disrespected, so she tweeted something publicly, though vague, about Morgan, who is 4 years younger than her.
I guess I would have expected more from Simone.
We don’t know if she tried to address it in person/directly or not. Maybe she did and it didn’t go well? Hopefully all will learn a lesson from this and they’ll be able to move forward as a team.