Gabby Douglas Criticized For Not Placing Hand Over Heart During National Anthem at Olympics

Gabby Douglas Criticized For Not Placing Hand Over Heart During National Anthem at Olympics

Gabby Douglas was part of a team that just brought home a gold medal during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics…and yet, people are choosing to concentrate on her not covering her hand over her heart while the national anthem played.

The 20-year-old gymnast won the team all-around gold medal with Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez and Simone Biles on Tuesday (August 9) and after all the congratulatory messages came in, the criticisms also came.

“In response to a few tweets I saw tonight, I always stand at attention out of respect for our country whenever the national anthem is played,” Gabby shared on Twitter in apology. “I never meant any disrespect and apologize if I offended anyone.”

Gabby added, “I’m so overwhelmed at what our team accomplished today and overjoyed that we were able to bring home another gold for our country.”

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  • Cruizin1960

    I honestly didn’t think anything of it. For those who were born pre-early 1960s, placing your hand over your heart was NOT what was done for the playing of the National Anthem. Standing at attention and facing the flag is what was the requirement. It was only for the Pledge that your hand was placed over your heart. What is more important for Gabby is that she stood at attention and in respect for our flag. Give the girl a break.

    • Robert Williams

      LOL….Her slouch I would hardly call “standing at attention”. She was either A) Making a statement and wanted it to be seen. Or B) Completely disinterested and did not really want to be there. Either way, it was a bad look for her.

      • Cruizin1960

        Seriously? Her slouch? Did it ever occur to you that she might be hurting..or exhausted…or both? Was her attention elsewhere or was it focused on the flag? Was she fiddling with her hands or were they at her side? Quit being so damn judgemental…you are just looking to find fault.

  • iprazhm

    Worst example of an American Olympian. What a rotten disrespect to fellow U.S citizens. I am ashamed the world was witness to her obnoxious display and incredible insult to the country that helped provide for her success.

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