When asked if he would want his kids to go to the Olympics, he said, "In a perfect world, I would say no."
“Just because I don’t want them to live in my footsteps. And I also know everything about—I know the ins and the outs, the good, the bad, and the ugly. So, you know, as a parent, it just—it frightens me,” said Phelps.
Olympic gymnast Simone Biles expressed similar thoughts, noting she doesn’t want her future daughter to be a gymnast due to a history of sexual abuse in the sport that she feels hasn’t been addressed.
“Because I don’t feel comfortable enough, because they haven’t taken accountability for their actions and what they’ve done. And they haven’t ensured us that it’s never going to happen again,” said Biles.