The world has been showering praise and support to Team USA gymnast Simone Biles over the last few days. The gymnast, who is considered a prodigy in the sport, recently came out and said she would withdraw from individual competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, sighting mental health concerns. Her move sparked a huge debate among sports fans and analysts about what constitutes strength in the field of sport. Many athletes across the world have come forward to share support for Biles, telling her that she will return to the world stage and find great success and that she is stronger for taking a stance for her mental health.

One person who has come out with his own message of support is the former trainer of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, Tim Grover. Grover took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the situation surrounding Simone Biles. He said that athletes who find great success in their sport are actually haunted by their victories. Their desire to win and drive will never let them rest and celebrate too much. Success is not momentary, and the drive to be better keeps them in a flux of having to work harder. Grover noted that success drags athletes down to hell, and does everything in its power to keep them there. He applauded Biles for finding her way out of hell and said that people in that place need to do the same for their own sake.

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Grover is not the only basketball-related personality to come forward with a message of support to Biles. Jayson Tatum and Kendrick Perkins were just a few of the stars that extended their support to the Olympian.

This article first appeared on Fadeaway World and was syndicated with permission.

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