RIO DE JANEIRO (CBSNewYork) — Several people took to Twitter to take Gabby Douglas to task for not putting her hand over her heart during the national anthem after the U.S. women’s gymnastics team captured the gold at the Olympics.
Douglas had her hands to her side while the rest of her teammates placed their hands over their hearts as “The Star-Spangled Banner” played.
While it may have seemed innocuous, many vented their outrage on Twitter, claiming Douglas was being disrespectful.
However, others felt it was not that big of a deal.
Following the social media criticism, Douglas took to Twitter to say 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.
It was the second straight Olympic gold medal for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team. Douglas also won the individual all-around gold medal in 2012.