Are adoptive parents ‘parents’? Analyst’s word choice sparks backlash.

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles was adopted by her grandparents, whom she refers to as her parents and calls Mom and Dad. During coverage of the Rio de Janeiro games, however, NBC analyst Al Trautwig did not see eye to eye.

Earlier this week, he repeatedly referred to Ron and Nellie Biles has the star gymnast’s grandparents. When a viewer tweeted at him, asking him to call the couple her parents, he responded by saying “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.”

Mr. Trautwig later issued an apology for his comments. For many gymnastics fans, however, the incident brings to light the biases that adopted families face when others question the legitimacy of non-biological parenthood. READ MORE.

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