Olympian Gabby Douglas is under fire for not supporting teammate Aly Raisman’s claims of sexual abuse.
Former Olympian Gabby Douglas has stirred up quite the controversy for remarks towards her fellow teammate, OlympianAly Raisman, who claimed she was sexually abused by the former doctor for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team. Douglas tweeting:
In August, 23-year-old Raisman, a three-time gold Olympic medal winner on the U.S. gymnastics team, revealed in a 60 Minutes interview that she was sexually abused by Dr. Larry Nassar, the former doctor of the U.S. team. Nassar has since been incarcerated after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. According to CBS News, more than 130 women have filed civil lawsuits against him on grounds that he abused them while treating them for injuries.
In an interview with the Associated Press and USA Today, Raisman expressed disappointment toward the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S.A. Gymnastics for not prioritizing the safety of all it’s athletes.
In the interview, Raisman added:
“The people at the very top, that work at the office every single day at USA Gymnastics, they need to do better. It’s making me sad. I’m here to support my teammates because we got inducted to the Hall of Fame and I’m here to support the girls who are competing. I love the Olympics, I love gymnastics, I love the sport. But I don’t support how USA Gymnastics is handling everything right now.”
Shortly after Douglas shared her opinion, Twitter exploded with backlash like this:
At one point Gabby Douglas was being criticized on an international scale for her “bad hair” and “attitude,” and SO MANY people supported her to drown out the silly critics. She knows how it feels, but here she is shaming Aly Raisman on sexual assault. It’s gross.
Fellow Olympic gymnast Simone Biles threw her support behind Raisman, tweeting:
shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me… honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her. I support you Aly 💕 & all the other women out there! STAY STRONG pic.twitter.com/CccTzhyPcb
i didn’t correctly word my reply & i am deeply sorry for coming off like i don’t stand alongside my teammates. regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable. i am WITH you. #metoo
In the past, Douglas has been slammed for not supporting her teammates. She even dubbed “Crabby Gabby” on social media, in part for not placing her hand over her heart during the national anthem. According to the Washington Post, Douglas told them:
“When they talk about my hair or me not putting my hand up on my heart or me being very salty in the stands, they’re really criticizing me, and it doesn’t really feel good. It was a little bit hurtful.”
“Everything I’ve gone through has been a lot this time around and I apologize if [I seemed] really mad in the stands. I wasn’t. I was supporting Aly [Raisman]. And I always will support them and respect them in everything they do. I never want anyone to take it as I was jealous or I wanted attention. Never. I support them, and I’m sorry that I wasn’t showing it. I’ve been through a lot. I still love them. I still love the people who love me. Still love them who hate me. I’m just going to stand on that.”