Americans everywhere were furious on Tuesday when Gabby Douglas refused to put her hand over her heart during the national anthem after the U.S. women’s gymnastics team captured the gold at the Olympics.
According to CBS Local, Douglas was seen with her hands firmly at her side as the song played while all her teammates paid homage to the United States. Twitter immediately exploded with people slamming Douglas for her disrespect.
Douglas tried to defend herself on Twitter, claiming that she “never meant any disrespect.”
“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. 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!” Douglas tweeted.
— Gabrielle Douglas (@gabrielledoug) August 10, 2016
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