Everyone Stop Freaking Out Over Gabby Douglas And The National Anthem

Here's the real story behind Gabby Douglas' National Anthem controversy

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The U.S. women’s gymnastics team took first place in the overall team competition at the Olympics but it's Gabby Douglas that everyone's talking about. The 20-year-old is in the middle of a heated controversy after the medal ceremony. She was the only member of the "Final Five" that did not place her hand over her heart during the American national anthem.

Gabby took to social media to clear up criticism that she was being intentionally disrespectful. "First I want to say thank you everyone for all your support!!," she tweeted. "It’s a huge honor for me to be able to represent #TeamUSA... I always try to 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."

Despite the uproar, many fans have pointed out that it's not really customary to put your hand over your heart during the National Anthem. It's the Pledge of Allegience that requires that placement.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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