On Friday, USA Gymnastics named Mary Bono as its new interim CEO.
Bono is the wife of the late pop star Sonny Bono, and was a Republican congresswoman from Palm Springs, Calif. after Bono's death during a skiing accident.
The Honorable Mary Bono has been named interim president and chief executive officer of USA Gymnastics, effective i… https://t.co/dN9vCnydzw— USA Gymnastics (@USA Gymnastics)1539377514.0
But immediately after Bono's hiring, tweets from Bono in which she defaced Nikes because of its marketing deal with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Rand Kaepernick.
"Playing in a charity golf tournament raising money for our nation’s Special Forces operators and their families. Unfortunately had these shoes in my bag. Luckily I had a marker in my bag too," she tweeted on September 7.
The tweets were quickly surfaced by reporters and the gymnastics community, who called on the organization to sever ties with Bono. Several parents said that Bono must be fired.
Proof that God has a sense of humor: She posted this a month before she was named the CEO of USA gymnastics, which… https://t.co/7QFcSzrRQS— Jemele Hill (@Jemele Hill)1539475197.0
@MaryBonoUSA Please resign from @USAGym , we need someone right now who isn't a divider. You don't have the support… https://t.co/J00zjgbSHq— Johnny Mac (@Johnny Mac)1539467982.0
@MaryBonoUSA As a parent of a L9 child who is also a member of USAG you need to resign. Bringing your personal poli… https://t.co/xTOJqZju6I— Angela Melini (@Angela Melini)1539469139.0
@MaryBonoUSA @USAGym I believe that you’ve made a mistake putting @MaryBonoUSA in charge. This tweet, alone, shows… https://t.co/AjaHXdfGmi— Shelly Boyd Stephens (@Shelly Boyd Stephens)1539464960.0
@KarlWarden @MaryBonoUSA @USAGym @USAGym did not handle the serial rapist Larry Nassar sexual assaults properly nor… https://t.co/pNNz1PWAld— Brenda Lawrence (Stay at 🏠to Save Lives) (@Brenda Lawrence (Stay at 🏠to Save Lives))1539471702.0
@MaryBonoUSA Hey Mary, you know that @Nike is the official sponsor of @TeamUSA, right? And a sponsor of… https://t.co/MwPkRxKvxk— Jamie 👩💻 ♥ (@Jamie 👩💻 ♥)1539467778.0
@MaryBonoUSA I fought so Kaepernick could kneel.— 👁 𝕄𝕠𝕤𝕔𝕠𝕨ℙ𝕚𝕤𝕤ℂ𝕣𝕚𝕞𝕖👁 (@👁 𝕄𝕠𝕤𝕔𝕠𝕨ℙ𝕚𝕤𝕤ℂ𝕣𝕚𝕞𝕖👁)1539466547.0
UPDATE (October 16, 4:30 p.m. eastern): Former GOP Rep. Mary Bono has resigned as interim CEO.
Mary Bono is OUT as @USAGym interim president and CEO. In exit stmt, she defends her tweet marking out @Nike logo o… https://t.co/WnBlZegoHy— Sarah Boxer (@Sarah Boxer)1539718039.0