She’s gone from America’s sweetheart to libs enemy list.
In the fall of 2023, former American gymnast Mary Lou Retton, 56, faced death after a dangerous case of pneumonia.
The public learned of the battle after a social media post made by her daughter revealed the star was uninsured and put together a fundraiser.
“Hey everyone! On behalf of my sisters and I, we need y’all’s help,” her daughter wrote on spotfund. “My amazing mom, Mary Lou, has a very rare form of pneumonia and is fighting for her life. She is not able to breathe on her own. She’s been in the ICU for over a week now. Out of respect for her and her privacy, I will not disclose all details. However, I will disclose that she not insured. We ask that if you could help in any way, that 1) you PRAY! and 2) if you could help us with finances for the hospital bill. ANYTHING, absolutely anything, would be so helpful for my family and my mom. Thank y’all so very much!”
The fundraiser ended earning over $450,000 to help the star that now needs to use an oxygen tank to get around.
Christine Brennan at NBC has gone on the attack and is demanding to know where the money went.
More than two months after leaving the hospital, with $459,324 from the public, Mary Lou Retton won’t answer basic questions about the money, her insurance, even the name of the hospital where she was treated. My reporting on a really bizarre story: https://t.co/kGM3pJNTUP
— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) January 8, 2024
“Asked in several text messages and a voicemail on Monday about her lack of health insurance until recently, her financial situation and why she refuses to divulge where she was hospitalized or the name of her doctor(s) more than two months after she left the hospital, Retton, 55, declined to reply,” Brennan wrote.
People are allowed to donate money to whomever they wish. There are no allegations that she lied, and if she did well, that’s for another day. Why is a reporter bullying a woman who was clearly sick?
I think people forget that when Mary Lou Retton was a star, there was no Instagram or social media. You got your gold medal, some TV appearances, and, if you were lucky, your picture on the Wheaties Box. Most Olympic athletes today (never mind in Retton’s day) have a full-time job on top of training for the games.
It’s not like now where a gymnast like Olivia Dunn, who’s a subpar college gymnast but makes a lot of money as an internet influencer. According to earning reports on Parade Dunne, it is worth about $2.3 million.
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People forget things were different back then.