Gabby Douglas Reacts To National Anthem Backlash

By Sarah Carroll

Team USA gymnast Gabby Douglas has apologized for not putting her hand on her heart while the national anthem played during the Olympics medal ceremony.

“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 wrote.

“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.”

Social media lit up with complaints last night, even though the gesture is not technically required. The Pledge of Allegiance is traditionally when you put your hand on your heart.

In fact, one Twitter user dug up an old Team USA basketball photo to point out how unfairly the Olympian was being treated.

Here’s what others had to say about Douglas’ national anthem appearance.

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