Texas official: Sorry for calling Simone Biles a 'national embarrassment'

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Texas Deputy Attorney General Aaron Reitz is walking back his comments slamming Simone Biles as a "national embarrassment," admitting he wasn't "adequately versed" on the subject before weighing in.

Reitz, in a tweet he has since deleted, slammed the gymnast as a "selfish, childish national embarrassment" after she withdrew from team competition at the Olympics to take care of her mental health, CBS News reports. But he soon walked that statement back, in a follow-up tweet saying he owes her a "big" apology.

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