Gabby Douglas Apologizes For Not Putting Hand Over Her Heart During National Anthem

Kaitlan Collins | White House Correspondent

Gabby Douglas was criticized because she didn’t put her hand over her heart while the national anthem played at the Rio Olympics Tuesday night.

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(Photo: Getty Images)

As the U.S. women’s gymnastics team received their gold medals, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian all placed their right hands over their chest — but Douglas did not.

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(Photo: Getty Images)

After she was rebuked by many for the move, the 20-year-old gymnast said she meant no disrespect.

“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,” Douglas tweeted. “I never meant any disrespect and apologize if I offended anyone.”

“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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(Photo: Getty Images)

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