Simone Biles is clearly struggling with some life-altering family members news — and it is absolutely understandable.

As we’ve been reporting more than the final handful of days, her brother Tevin Biles-Thomas was arrested late final week in Georgia and charged with a series of crimes — such as 3 counts of murder — more than an alleged shootout that took spot in Cleveland, Ohio on New Year’s Eve.

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Nicely now, following many days of relative silence soon after the news broke nationwide, the Olympic hero and 5-time medalist is speaking out about her brother’s alleged function in the deaths of 3 males. The 24-year-old was arrested in Georgia, exactly where he’d been serving in the military, soon after what authorities say was a remarkably substantial and thorough investigation by homicide detectives up in Cleveland.

The legendary gymnast released an official statement on Monday evening by way of her Twitter account. Obviously, she’s as distraught and confused as you’d count on somebody to be in this unimaginably hard circumstance:

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“Still possessing a difficult time processing final week’s news,” Biles wrote in a tweet on Monday evening (above), ahead of adding in a statement, “My heart aches for every person involved, specially for the victims and their households. There is absolutely nothing that I can say that will heal anyone’s discomfort, but I do want to express my sincere condolences to every person impacted by this terrible tragedy. I ask every person to please respect my family’s privacy as we deal with our discomfort. XO” / (c) Simone Biles/Twitter


The 22-year-old athlete had been maintaining a somewhat low profile on social media all through Labor Day weekend ahead of this statement, even though her boyfriend did cryptically post messages seemingly really substantially in help of the Simone going by way of a hard time. And although Biles clearly has leaned on her man in the previous, with these social media posts marking a bit of a vibrant spot, the final handful of days have to have been unbelievably hard for the family members.

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We can not envision anybody actually getting ready for one thing like this, and it is understandable the American sports icon would have such a difficult time processing the events of final week. As we reported at the time of the charges, Simone and Tevin appeared to be somewhat close, specially contemplating they’d been raised by their grandparents soon after their mother and father left the family members. Realizing their tight bond, that have to make this news so substantially additional difficult… ugh.

Our thoughts are with Simone — just as they are with all the victims’ loved ones and family members members as they all collectively continue to grapple with this unspeakable tragedy. Such a sad, sad story.

[Image via WENN/Liberty County Sheriff’s Office]