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USA Gymnastics Interim CEO Out After Four Days

usa gymnastic interim ceo mary bono resigned tuesday after just four days at the helm.

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:12 PM

The interim CEO of USA Gymnastics has resigned just four days after being hired because of a tweet she posted in September and concerns over her loyalty to the scandal-marred organization.

As reported by CNN, Mary Bono — a former Republican congresswoman from California — turned in her resignation on Tuesday. She was hired for the temporary role on Oct. 13.

"It is with profound regret, coupled with a deep love for the sport of gymnastics and respect for those who aspire to be great gymnasts, that I today tendered my resignation as the interim CEO of USA Gymnastics," Bono said.

"My withdrawal comes in the wake of personal attacks that, left undefended, would have made my leading USAG a liability for the organization."

Bono's brief stint was marred by two problems: a tweet she posted in September that was critical of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Nike, a U.S. Olympic Team sponsor; and the fact that she previously worked at a law firm that helped USA Gymnastics put together misleading statements about Larry Nasser, a doctor who was convicted in July 2017 of sexually abusing young gymnasts.

Dozens of gymnasts, including several on the U.S. national team, have come forward to say Nasser abused them while he worked with USA Gymnastics.

In the last few days, prominent U.S. gymnasts spoke out against Bono's hiring.

The previous president, Kerry Perry, led the organization for nine months before she resigned in September over concerns that she was not doing an adequate job in steering USA Gymnastics in the wake of the Nasser scandal.

The USA Gymnastics Board of Directors reacted to Tuesday's news by saying, "Despite [Bono's] commitment to the sport of gymnastics and helping the organization move forward, we believe this is in the best interest of the organization."

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The interim CEO of USA Gymnastics has resigned just four days after being hired because of a tweet she posted in September and concerns over her loyalty to the scandal-marred organization.
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