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People Are Calling Gabby Douglas A “Sorry American” After The Medal Ceremony

Others are jumping to the gymnast's defense after people online called her a "sorry American" and a poor sport.

Gabby Douglas, an Olympic all-around champion, helped lead the U.S. women's gymnastics team to gold in the team final at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.

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Needless to say, it was a pretty perfect moment for the team...

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And for all the fans back home in the U.S.

So extremely happy and proud of our USA Gymnastics team! Epic job ladies!!! #FinalFive #TeamUSA #winning

But some people are attacking Douglas online for having her hands by her sides instead of placing one hand on her heart during the national anthem at the medal ceremony.

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People said they lost "an incredible amount of respect" for the gymnast and accused her of being a poor sport.


Others called the Olympic champion a "sorry American."


"So disgusted by Gabby Douglas blatant disrespect for her country on the Olympic podium," one person wrote. "Hand over your heart or get off the stage."


"Hey Gabby Douglas. When has anyone ever heard the national anthem and not put their hand over their heart. Have some respect," another wrote.


Other people defended the gymnast though, saying the outrage was petty.


People didn't have time for it.


"To you people who are mad about Gabby Douglas not putting her hand on her heart during the anthem: Get a fucking grip," one person wrote.


Others noted that Douglas is far from the first to not put her hand on her heart.


And that people clearly are focusing on the wrong things.

Gabby Douglas puts her entire life on hold to train & represent our country, then wins us gold medals. Leave her be.

Douglas addressed the trolls on Tuesday, writing on Twitter that she never meant to offend anyone.

#GoUSA❗️ #TeamUSA❗️ #FinalFive❗️ 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

She wrote:

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's mom, Natalie Hawkins, also responded to those defending Douglas on Twitter.

Many fans are now flooding Douglas' page with messages of love and support.


Douglas will next compete for a medal in the uneven bars final.