Thanks, Oprah, for helping to ruin her career...
I wonder where she came up with the idea? /s
Gabby Douglas to Oprah: I was ‘bullied,’ called ‘slave’ during early gymnastics training in Virginia
Gabby Douglas, who took home the gold for her individual performance and for her work as part of the American team, tells the talk show host that things got so bad, she threatened to quit.
She recalled a specific example of racism. One of my teammates was like, Could you scrape the bar? she remembered. And they were like, Why doesnt Gabby do it, shes our slave?
I was the only African-American at that gym, Gabby went on. I definitely felt isolated. Why am I deserving this? Is it because Im black? those thoughts were going through my mind.
Gabby appeared on Oprahs show Sunday with her mother, Natalie Hawkins, who recalled how her daughter told her about the cruel treatment on several occasions.
On the video at your link, it seemed that Oprah and Gabby’s mother brought up the subject. What a shame they had to bring it up. Maybe some bullying did occur - some bullying occurs everywhere to everyone. It’s a sad fact of life. But, by bringing it up, now they placed Gabby in the middle of a conflict.
I did not hear the part about her being the only African American in the gym. I need louder speakers. Because if she said that, it’s a big whopper. I am gonna have to change computers and listen again.
That’s a better clip of the interview. Again, I did not hear anything about Gabrielle Douglas being the only black gymnast in that gym. I wish they had the entire thing posted.
I have read a number of comments from her previous coaches, and I am so not impressed. I do not think they are racists, and neither Gabrielle nor her mother claimed they are. Gabby felt like she needed a different coaching style, and she pursued that. Money is a factor in all of this, and it is a shame that Excalibur coaches cannot rise above their anger that Gabby left them. They should be happy they trained her as long as they did and that she reached their goal for her. Now she can repay them. If they were more gracious, they could reap greater rewards by having her come to the gym. But they have been anything but gracious. They have acted like spoiled children who had their favorite toy taken away.