One notable face absent during the Larry Nassar trail was Simone Biles.
Biles was one of the many innocent young women who was sexually abused, and in a recent interview with Buzzfeed’s live morning show AM2DM, the 20-year-old explains why she chose to not take the stand with her fellow gymnasts.
The Olympic gold medalist explained that she had not yet spoken to a therapist about the experience. Plus, she was still in training. “I think for me that would be too much to handle, personally, especially before going to counseling and talking to anyone,” Biles said. “And I was still training, so I couldn’t take the time out and go, and I think it would just put too much stress on me.”
"It would just put too much stress on me." Simone Biles explains why she declined to speak at Larry Nassar's trial pic.twitter.com/86S1qgwyMl
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 31, 2018
After Nassar’s sentencing, Biles called Judge Aquilina, who was in charge of overseeing the case, her “hero.” In a tweet, the gymnast thanked the survivors for being “brave” and “speaking like the queens that you are while looking at that monster.”
To Judge Aquilina : THANK YOU, YOU ARE MY HERO
Shout out to all of the survivors for being so brave & speaking like the queens that you are while looking at that monster. He will no longer have the power to steal our happiness or joy. I stand with every one of you ? pic.twitter.com/b5SMmjZgeW
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 24, 2018