Tuesday night was a huge night for the USA Women’s Gymnastics team: “The Final Five” took home the gold! This was the first time a U.S. women’s team won gold two consecutive Olympics.
When the girls stood on the podium to accept their medals, viewers noticed something else.
Twitter went crazy when they noticed that Ms. Gabby Douglas’ hand was never over her heart during the National Anthem.
Some people took to Twitter to express their anger at Gabby, while others felt it was stupid that her gesture was even a big deal.
It was assumed that Gabby could have chosen not to put her hand over her heart in some form of Black Lives Matter protest since it was the two-year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death.
Ya’ll really mad at Gab-by Douglas for not placing her hand over her heart! NEWSFLASH! She isnt the 1st to not do it and wont be the last!
— Ky. (@yanab0015) August 9, 2016
Douglas is not the first athlete to not place her hand over her heart during the National Anthem. In The Mexico City games in 1968 James Carlos and Tommie Smith, raised their fist for “Black Power” rather than covering their hearts.
Women’s USA Soccer player Kelly Ohara was photographed “listening” to the National Anthem prior to the Algarve Cup Match vs. Island.
Although Gabby Douglas doesn’t have to feel bad for her actions, she takes to Twitter to apologize for the controversy she has caused.
— Gabrielle Douglas (@gabrielledoug) August 10, 2016
Check out some of the tweets that were being said about Gabby:
— Michael Clay (@michaelclayatc) August 9, 2016
— Kimberly Ellen (@KimberlyEllen93) August 10, 2016
People even went as far as finding pictures of when Donald Trump and George Bush did not cover their hearts as well
— Azaryah Ben Yisra’el (@prodbyazaryah) August 10, 2016
How do you feel about Gabby Douglas not covering her heart for the National Anthem? Share your thoughts below.
Written By: Marshay Rice