Italian gymnast Carlotta Ferlito was not pleased after losing to American Simone Biles at the world championships last week in Antwerp, Belgium. After the 16-year-old Biles claimed the bronze on the balance beam while Ferlito finished in fifth, the Italian star lashed out with a racist remark: “I told [Italian teammate Vanessa Ferrari, who finished in fourth] that next time we’ll have our skin black also so we can win, too (USA Today Sports).”
Uh, yeah. Not cool.
Ferlito issued the following apology on Tuesday:
I want to apologize with the Americans girls. I didn’t want to sound rude or racist. I love Simone and I’m a huge fan of USA gymnastics. I’ve made a mistake, I’m not perfect … I didn’t think about what I was saying. I’m just a human. I’m so so sorry.
In a statement released on Wednesday, USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny made it clear that Ferlito’s remark would not be tolerated. He called USA Gymnastics “disappointed” by Ferlito’s choice of words, saying his organization would be contact the Italian Gymnastics Federation to discuss the issue.
We at FanSided congratulate Biles on her great performance — she also captured the gold in the all-around event — and we hope Ferlito keeps her comments to herself in the future.
[Source: USA Today Sports]