KEY POINTS

  • Piers Morgan criticized Simone Biles for quitting the Olympics after being dubbed the GOAT
  • Some Twitter users agreed with Morgan saying he made a lot of sense
  • Other online users defended Biles because she might get injured if she's not in her best condition  

Piers Morgan criticized Simone Biles' decision to quit the Olympics and Twitter users have mixed opinions on the issue.

Morgan penned an op-ed about Biles' decision to withdraw from the Olympics Tuesday. The British journalist seemingly criticized Biles for quitting after she made a mistake.

Morgan pointed out that Biles was supposed to do an "Amanar" vault that begins with a roundoff back handspring onto the table followed by two 1/2 twists in mid-air but she only did a half-twist. He added that she looked annoyed and surprisingly quit the competition after that.

"Just as when you call yourself the GOAT in sport, you can't then quit the moment things get tough or you make a mistake. Something that I'm sure Simone Biles, in her heart, must realize because she's a great champion and great champions just don't do that," he wrote on Daily Mail.

Morgan also made several tweets about his personal take on Biles' decision to withdraw from the Olympics, and the netizens have mixed opinions on the issue. Some agreed with him while others criticized him.

"For once I agree with Piers. @Simone_Biles quit. She quit on herself, on her team and on the country she represents. Why? Because she performed badly in the team prelims (a rarity for her) and never had the guts to come back in the remaining competitions in front of the world," one commented.

"You make a lot of sense there, Piers. I'm not sure if Simone is 'woke', but I'm [certain] every ... person would agree that she forgot what her gift meant not only to her but to every little boy and girl all over the world--and to every one of us," another added. "I hope she doesn't ride on the 'compassion' of the 'woke' guys and would rather snap back to reality. Our gifts aren't just for ourselves but to bless God and the people. When those two parties are blessed, that would satisfy us as well."  

"If she was that unwell why travel? It’s attention seeking and demeaning to those suffering from real mental health issues! I hate piers but have to agree with him on this," a third user added.

Meanwhile, several slammed Morgan for seemingly questioning and criticizing Biles' decision. For them, her choice was what was best for her. They wanted to see Biles safe instead of risking herself in the competition.

"Piers, do your homework! Simone [is] going through mental blocks and is losing herself when she's flipping and twisting in the air! Gymnasts have suffered catastrophic injuries because of this! It has a huge mental impact on gymnasts, and she pulled out for her own safety!" one wrote.

"Wrong. If a gymnast is not in the right headspace it can literally kill them. One wrong move. If she’d stayed in, she may have been horribly injured and it still would have negatively affected their medal chances. She left FOR her team," another added.

"Among Simone Biles’s critics, @PiersMorganLive, whose only athletic accomplishment is running off the set of his former tv show when another host simply questioned his criticism of Meghan Markle," Briena Keilar tweeted while citing how Morgan walked away from "Good Morning Britain" when Alex Beresford confronted him for constantly trashing Meghan Markle after she allegedly ghosted him when she started dating Prince Harry.

Meanwhile, Biles received Michael Phelps and her former teammate Aly Raisman's support after her shocking decision. Phelps said, "Olympics are overwhelming." Raisman, on the other hand, praised Biles for bravely sharing the real reason why she didn't finish the competition.

"We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day we're human, too," Biles said, according to The Associated Press. "We have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do."

Biles already won six Olympic medals — four golds, one silver and one bronze — after her two appearances in the competition. 

Piers Morgan Pictured: Piers Morgan attends the National Television Awards on January 25, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. Photo: Getty Images/Jeff Spicer