Simone Biles is the woman of the hour, and not only is the spotlight on her: it's on her family as well.
Although he later apologized for his remarks, announcer Al Trautwig made headlines when he refused to refer to Simone's adoptive parents (biologically her grandparents) as her parents. Ron Biles and his wife Nellie raised Simone and her younger sister Adria after they were put into foster care when Simone was just 2 years-old. Simone and Adria's mother, Shanon Biles, struggled with substance abuse at the time and was unable to care for them.
Well recently, Shanon decided to speak out. TMZ Sports spoke with Simone's mother yesterday, who said she's been sober since 2007 and has long since reestablished a relationship with her daughters.
Shanon isn't happy with the way her father referred to her struggle with addiction during an interview with NBC Sports, during which he explained that Shanon had "many problems with drugs and alcohol."
"I feel like they're defaming my character," Shanon said. "I was struggling back then but I've gotten better. Life goes on, and that's my past, and that's what it should be left at - the past."
"I feel like he didn't have to be so harsh about it," she continued. "I am his first born. He could've been a little bit more classy with it. He didn't have to put me under the bus like that."
She went on to say that she and Simone talk every three months or so and occasionally vacation together. She's also attended many of her gymnastics competitions, and was present when Simone won her first world championship.
"I'm just proud," Shannon said of her daughter's success. "I'm so proud."
"I just want to say, I love you Simone," she continued later. "I'm so proud of you. Go Team USA and I'll talk to you and see you when I can."