Gabby Douglas's Instagram Via @GabbyDouglas 8.11.16
Gabby Douglas’s Instagram Via @GabbyDouglas 8.11.16

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.

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.

Check out some of the tweets that were being said about Gabby:

People even went as far as finding pictures of when Donald Trump and George Bush did not cover their hearts as well

How do you feel about Gabby Douglas not covering her heart for the National Anthem? Share your thoughts below.

Written By: Marshay Rice


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