Gabby Douglas On National Anthem Flub: ‘I Never Meant Any Disrespect’
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Gabby Douglas just can’t get a break. Monday night, Olympic enthusiasts attacked the Flying Squirrel for her hair’s “unkept” appearance – similar to the way they criticized her looks in the 2012 Olympic Games – after she lost her chance to advance to the all-around finals. Today, Internet trolls are throwing Gabby the side eye for not placing her hand over her heart during the singing of U.S. National Anthem last night. 

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According to TMZ, Douglas stood at the podium alongside her teammates – Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian – after taking home the gold in the team All-Around. The problem? Gabby was the only one standing without her heart covered during her country’s anthem, a practice that’s been executed practically since the beginning of time.

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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.

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“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 said. “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.”

Don’t worry, Gabby. We’ve got your back.