Tokyo 2020: Olympics slammed by Bill Maher
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Michael Johnson has leapt to the defence of Simone Biles in a tweet aimed at her most vocal critics, including Piers Morgan. While the tweet didn’t name any specific detractors of the US gymnast, it caught the attention of Morgan who responded with his traditional edge.
Johnson’s tweet focused around people diminishing the achievement of bronze and silver medalists, as he noted that winning a medal of any description should be viewed as a great accomplishment for athletes who weren’t predicted to be favourites.
In full, Johnson’s tweet said: “Putting this to rest! Winning any Olympic [medal emoji] is incredible. I was always favoured for [gold medal emoji] so [silver and bronze medal emojis] would be disappointing. But if I were a projected finalist, [bronze medal emoji] is a win! Don’t listen ti people whose only sport is stirring up s***. Regardless of how many followers they have.”
The tirade has been seen as a thinly-veiled barb at Morgan who has throughout the games expressed his belief that real winners don’t celebrate bronze and silver medals.
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Morgan was quick to counter Johnson’s tweet as he posted a screenshot of the four-time Olympic champion’s own Twitter bio which reads “Olympic and World Champion. 12x Gold, 0x Silver 0x Bronze. All about excellence in human performance.”
Morgan accompanied that screenshot with a post saying “To all weak whiny wokies still banging on about why losing at the Olympics is so fantastic and should be wildly celebrated , I present Michael ‘GOAT’ Johnson’s Twitter name & bio:”
Morgan followed up that tweet by replying directly to Johnson’s message, once again claiming it backed up his point. Morgan wrote: “As I said, no real champion wants to come 2nd or 3rd.”
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Morgan’s diatribe didn’t tell end there. He replied to a tweet saying Johnson had argued against him with a counterpoint that “actually, @MJGold [Johnson’s handle] agreed with me that real champions are disappointed coming 2nd or 3rd. That’s why his Twitter name is Gold and his bio boasts he won zero silver or bronze medals.”
Johnson had previously spoken about Biles’ withdrawals from the competitions as a “huge blow” to Team USA and expressed his hope that she would be able to compete in the individual competitions.
Morgan has been embroiled in various spats throughout the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and has faced backlash for not being equally as critical of white sportspeople like Ben Stokes, who decided to take time off for his mental health, as he has been of Biles or Naomi Osaka in the past
The controversial former Good Morning Britain host rubbished such claims, noting that: “If he [Stokes] had quit in the middle of a Test match with no physical injury, leaving his teammates in the lurch like Simone Biles did, and complained he wasn’t having enough ‘fun’, then I would have said that.”
Biles is set to compete in the women’s balance beam final on Tuesday morning.
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