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Gabby Douglas draws ire for not pledging allegiance to the flag

Gabby Douglas draws ire for not pledging allegiance to the flag

Gabby Douglas scored a 15.766 on the uneven bars, her only event of the team final competition.

Douglas' four teammates all placed their hands over their hearts, which made the Olympic veteran appear less than enthusiastic about the "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Among Douglas' supporters were people who insist that there are more important things to worry about.

The 20-year-old gymnast immediately felt the heat from fans and Internet goblins with nothing better to do with their time than pick her life apart, and turned to Twitter to publicly apologize.

Not all US Olympians place their hands on their hearts during the anthem.




"This is classless and disrespectful and still would be if she was white." read one tweet.

Despite the ladies of Team USA pulling off a spectacular a gold medal performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, some were less than impressed with Gabby Douglas's "shameful" display during the National Anthem.

On Wednesday, Douglas put out a tweet that said in part: "I always stand at attention out of respect for our country whenever the national anthem is played".

I never meant any disrespect and apologized if I offended anyone. But the small gesture created a firestorm on social media. She was also the individual all-around champion from the London Games. Of course Douglas loves her country, and since she's now helped bring home three gold medals, I think it's time we cut her just a little bit of slack here.

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