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Charlie Kirk Slams Simone Biles

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As I’ve come to learn, if you want to hear the truth about sports, follow someone who doesn’t cover sports.

On Tuesday, media lightning rod Charlie Kirk blasted Simone Biles far harder than anyone has slammed her before.

“We are raising a generation of weak people like Simone Biles,” Kirk told his listeners after Biles decided to withdraw from the women’s team final over mental health concerns.

“If she’s got all these mental health problems: don’t show up.”

Kirk makes a strong point. Biles showed up when she expected to take gold. She only bowed out because her performance was subpar.

Sportswriters have defended Biles by lazily comparing her to Andrew Luck. If you recall, Luck, the former starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, abruptly retired before the start of the 2019 season after practicing in training camp. Biles didn’t bow out before the start of the season. If we want to go with the Luck comparison, then Biles basically walked out on her team while they were trailing in the Super Bowl.

“She’s an incredible athlete,” Kirk goes on. “Of course, she’s an incredible athlete. I’m not saying that—she’s probably the greatest gymnast of all time. She’s also very selfish, she’s immature and she’s a shame to the country.”

That she is “selfish” and “immature” is undeniable.

“She’s totally a sociopath,” Kirk added. “What kind of person skips the gold medal match? Who does that? It’s a shame to the nation. You just gave a gift to the Russians.”

Kirk’s commentary earned him another spot atop Twitter’s trending list, where he seems to find himself once a week. Yes, you guessed it: Twitter users called Kirk’s comment racist and misogynistic. That, of course, is a lie. They are attacking him with the usual accusations of racism and sexism because he has made an independent assessment of one of the most protected athletes in the country. 

I don’t agree with all of Kirk’s comments on Biles, but his overall takeaway is accurate. Biles is a quitter. She grabbed her get-out-of-jail-free card — mental health — the moment she felt an ounce of self-doubt, a feeling all other great athletes have overcome in their careers. But she is Simone Biles and not someone like Tom Brady, so sports pundits have portrayed her as “brave.”

Luckily, Charlie Kirk doesn’t work under some cowardly sports media executive because he has now spoken more truths about Biles than any ESPN or NBC commentator who is paid to focus on the Olympics.

Update: after widespread criticism, Charlie Kirk said on Wednesday that he stands by his comments:

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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  1. Charlie Kirk is a sheepish clown and equally part of the problem with “conservatives” this fucking bozo just ran a TPUSA event requiring people to wear masks defying all of the hot air bullshit he claims to oppose as a public persona.

  2. Like Bobby, not with Kirk 100%, but stand by a large part of his sentiment. You don’t always perform your best when expected, occasionally falling short of the top prize, or spot on the team. You learn from it, however, and you don’t walk away and/or quit on your teammates … especially when you have teammates. As the Baseballism shirt says, “make an adjustment,” figure out how to change your plan on road to success. This goes for Biles as much as it goes for the recent crop of college footballers who choose to transfer instead of standing up to incoming position competition. Life’s as rough as you choose to respond to hardships. Man or Woman up as necessary.

  3. Charlie Kirk is seen as a CLOWN outside of MAGA and Very Fine People circles. What’s next, profound quotes from Ray Allen Root or Jerome Birther Corsi? Are you people serious? Charlie Kirk? This fool is the guy the ALT RIGHT is following. No wonder Jan 6 was such a HOT MESS

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