Gabby Douglas Apologizes For Not Putting Hand Over Her Heart During National Anthem
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.
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.
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!”
— Gabrielle Douglas (@gabrielledoug) August 10, 2016