Michael Che's Instagram account was wiped after screenshots claim he posted a sexual assault joke about Simone Biles

Michael Che. Danny Moloshok / Invision for the Television Academy / AP Images
Michael Che's Instagram is empty after the account allegedly shared rude jokes about Simone Biles.
One of the alleged jokes was related to convicted sex offender and disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Screenshots were circulating on Twitter that allegedly showed Instagram stories from Che's account.
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Saturday Night Live star Michael Che appears to have cleaned up his Instagram account after posting rude jokes about Olympic champion Simone Biles, including sexual assault on convicted sex offender and ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Che's 628,000 followers Instagram had no posts on Friday morning.
But alleged screenshots of the deleted posts in Che's Instagram story about Biles - who retired from the all-round gymnastics competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this week due to psychological concerns - were circulated on Twitter.
"Man, I want to make fun of Simone Gallen," it says in a post on Che's Instagram account, according to a screenshot posted on Twitter by account @BallerAlert.
Another read: "I've got about 3 minutes of Simone Biles jokes in my head. I'm going down to the basement tonight to say them into a microphone. As the idiotic kids say, I choose violence."
Che's account also posted a screenshot of a response he received from another Instagram user to one of his stories, which, according to the @ BallerAlert screenshots, read, “Larry Nassar understands Simone Biles better than anyone. He too had to stop doing what he loved at the height of his career because of the growing pressure. "
Biles is one of hundreds of women accusing Nassar of sexual abuse.
"Damn, that's gross. Absolutely tasteless. 9/10," Che's account posted in response, according to a screenshot.
Another screenshot posted on Che's Instagram story claimed the account was hacked.
Che has faced backlash in the past for "Saturday Night Live" jokes, which many described as offensive.
In 2019, the star sparked controversy after mistaking Caitlyn Jenner and naming it dead during a "Saturday Night Live" segment. In February he made a factually false joke that Israel would only vaccinate its Jewish population, who were condemned as anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League and other organizations.
In May, an "SNL" sketch he wrote was criticized for using Afro-American Vernacular English and calling it Gen-Z slang.
Che officials did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment on Friday.
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