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Gabrielle Douglas Bullied Claims Spark Backlash From Former Gym

Gabrielle Douglas Bullied Claims Spark Backlash

Gabrielle Douglas’ claims that she was bullied at her former training facility in Virginia have prompted a backlash from the gym’s owners who say her allegations are not true.

Excalibur Gymnastics, where Gabrielle Douglas trained before moving to Des Moines, said the allegations that coaches or gymnasts participated in racist bullying are simply not true, the New York Daily News reported.

Excalibur’s Randy Stageburg said it is not true that Gabrielle Douglas was bullied, telling Gymnewstics.com that she was actually favored while working at the gym.

“The accusations that are being made against the gymnasts and coaches are just sickening,” Stageburg said. “Gabby was never a victim, in fact many would say she was one of the favorites. I never once heard her complain about girls being mean, funny how it is just now coming up.”

Douglas, who said she prefers to go by Gabrielle even though her teammates and media picked up on the nickname Gabby, made the allegations of bullying in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The 16-year-old said she had a difficult adjustment to the competitive atmosphere of the gym and competitive gymnastics and was even close to leaving the sport over her bullying.

“I was just, you know, kind of getting racist jokes, kind of being isolated from the group,” she told Oprah. “So it was definitely hard. I would come home at night and just cry my eyes out.”

Gabrielle Douglas elaborated on one bullying incident where “one of my teammates was like, ‘Could you scrape the bar?’ And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it, she’s our slave.’”

Excalibur’s CEO Gustavo Maure said the allegations that Gabrielle Douglass was bullied are unfounded and that former African-American teammates at the gym can attest to that.

“Gabby’s remarks were hurtful and without merit,” Maure told E! News. “We’ve had more African Americans in elite [sic] and on the national team than any other gym in the country. Her African American former teammates will answer this serious accusation … We are good people.”

Other members and supporters of Excalibur took to the gym’s Facebook page to counter claims that Gabrielle Douglas was bullied.

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175 Responses to “Gabrielle Douglas Bullied Claims Spark Backlash From Former Gym”

  1. Anne K Johnsonn

    I am sorry to say I do not believe Gabby. It is sad that she would suggest such comments were made, particulary that she was a "slave." Given all the negatives in her family situation, I can't say that I am surprised. Good grief, Gabby, you won gold. As Lombardi said to a young man dancing in the end zone, "act like you've been there before." Class up, girl, not down.

  2. Alexis Preyer

    so now people want to call her a lie? why cant others proud of her accomplishments and for those who believe racism no longer exist. get your head out the clouds.

  3. Dennis Chaney

    David I think you are naive and when someone is little in statue and cannot defend themselves when the odds are against them what would you call it. Prejudice does exist and will continue until people like yourself speak up against abuse of anyone. Injustice to one is an injustice to all.

  4. Dennis Chaney

    I believe her because I was abused in school and would alert the school official who would not believe anyone was abuse me. It was happening so much until I thought hit me was on my forehead. Ms Douglas is in a sport where a few minorities participate. However, people who allow such acts to exist by their silence are just as bad as the one who perpetuate the bullying. Beside what does Ms Douglas has to gain for exposing bad behavior, she is saving others from the experiencing she has suffered by exposing bad people.

  5. Anonymous

    I recently had to report someone that I am very close to for child abuse. Her children told me that her husband, (their father) was abusing them. The case worker came to investigate and their father completely denied the allegations and called the children lairs.

    The wife was never around when the abuse occurred yet she never acknowledged the possibility that the children had been abused. She also called the children liars. The children were removed from the home the fact that the parents were so quick to deny the allegations was the red flag. That is really what did them in.

    I am now suspicious of the gym and its owners. The owners could not have been around each child 24/7. Kids can be cruel and sneaky and those who are being bullied are often ashamed and afraid to report it.

    The owners should have at least acknowledged the possibility. I have been a teacher for years I would never say that a child has never been bullied in my class room. I simply would have no way of knowing that. No one can possibly monitor every child and every child’s comments every minute of the day.

    I think the owners received numerous complaints they are just too quick to deny and dismiss Gabby’s claims. Also abusers never abuse everyone. They have a tendency to pick one victim and treat everyone else well. Another person I know lost her children because her boyfriend molested one of her daughters.

    She told the judge she didn’t believe it because if her boyfriend was a pedophile he would have molested all of her daughters and not just one. The fact that other African Americans were treated well doesn't meant that Gabby wasn't bullied. Or that there wasn't one racist gril who made the remark.

    Every program has at least one trouble making kid in it.

    I actually, just thought, “well kids can be cruel” when Gabby mentioned the incident but I don’t trust the owners now since they can’t even acknowledge the fact that it is possible that she was bullied.

  6. Jesse Mcknight

    I don't doubt that there was some bullying that went on, I experienced it as a kid from other races and my own people.
    its part of growing up in this society, one learns to deal with it and if it gets to bad report it.

  7. Mark DeWitt

    We don't know what happened. He said she said. I appreciate her talents.

  8. Betty Moore Parker

    yes…here we go…..all boils down to race…..I beg you, Gabby….don't go down that road…everybody is proud of you right now…but it wouldn't take long for opinions to start changing if you go down that road….

  9. Jordan L. Harris

    what is the race card atcually speaking up when somebody saids something racist who cares if yall be proud of her she earned them medals for herself not for white apporval.

  10. Shuntina Taylor

    When a former teammate was interviewed, she didn't deny that it happened. In fact she said that sometimes they joke and they don't mean any harm by it. Her white former teammate said that. Gabby didn't take it as a joke.

  11. Shuntina Taylor

    You should be happy. She's giving her teammates so credit. Without them she wouldn't have felt the need to move, therefore making the olympic team, and winning 2 gold medals while her former teammates sat at home watching her succeed.

  12. Shuntina Taylor

    so because she told her story that makes you stop loving her?? How is this any different from some geeky kid talking about being bullied in school.??? you're making it a race thing

  13. Shuntina Taylor

    really? she's telling her life story and what made her want to move. how is this any different from a gay person wanting to move for being bullied? At least she didn't do what some teenagers do and commit suicide. You're an old ass woman and you should be ashamed of yourself for making it a race thing. Because I'm pretty sure that Gabrielle (since that's what she wants to be called) is still going to have white friends. And I'm pretty sure that you opinion doesn't change the fact that she has accomplished more in her short time of living then you probably have in your whole life. She actually knows that she made a difference in someones life. Have you?

  14. Celeste Harrell

    Kay Smith How do we know she is not telling the truth for that matter? As a parent I would be inclined to believe my child. What does she have to gain by being dishonest about being "bullied" and racially harassed? Clearly this is a sensitive situation, where she stands to face humiliation, and scrutiny by bringing this out. She is brave for talking about this openly. I find it saddening that she would be exposed to this kind of conduct and even worse the lack of empathy shown her by the gym owners and the American public. If this child who has represented our country and the good things about it brings to light a problem the least we owe her is to say we will work to alleviate Racism, enough is enough. Children ought not be growing up facing racism, and discrimination. Children ought not be raised in homes that promote this negative, divisive mindset. "Gabrielle, you ought never have had to experience racism in this day and age."However, Kay, I understand if you do not believe her, as you many not have had those kinds of experiences, I believe her because I have as a child and as and adult. If anything the gym owes her a policy that would have a zero tolerance for this kind of conduct. Even more saddening is the fact that she is opening wounds that were supposed to be closed by the election of an AA president. Those were pipe dreams. The White people and people in power positions of this country need to stop being in denial and wake up. Racism, directed towards African Americans has not be frowned upon enough. People would rather deny that it even exist as opposed to addressing the problem head on. Instead they want to minimize the seriousness of this problem RACISM by accusing people of "playing the race card. I say the "race card" can not be played if the "race card" has not been dealt. No one wants to be untruthful when they are faced with discrimination, racism, and hatred because of your "race." It is one of those things African Americans can not lie about.

  15. Celeste Harrell

    Kay Smith How do we know she is not telling the truth for that matter? As a parent I would be inclined to believe my child. What does she have to gain by being dishonest about being "bullied" and racially harassed? Clearly this is a sensitive situation, where she stands to face humiliation, and scrutiny by bringing this out. She is brave for talking about this openly. I find it saddening that she would be exposed to this kind of conduct and even worse the lack of empathy shown her by the gym owners and the American public. If this child who has represented our country and the good things about it brings to light a problem the least we owe her is to say we will work to alleviate Racism, enough is enough. Children ought not be growing up facing racism, and discrimination. Children ought not be raised in homes that promote this negative, divisive mindset. "Gabrielle, you ought never have had to experience racism in this day and age."However, Kay, I understand if you do not believe her, as you many not have had those kinds of experiences, I believe her because I have as a child and as and adult. If anything the gym owes her a policy that would have a zero tolerance for this kind of conduct. Even more saddening is the fact that she is opening wounds that were supposed to be closed by the election of an AA president. Those were pipe dreams. The White people and people in power positions of this country need to stop being in denial and wake up. Racism, directed towards African Americans has not be frowned upon enough. People would rather deny that it even exist as opposed to addressing the problem head on. Instead they want to minimize the seriousness of this problem RACISM by accusing people of "playing the race card. I say the "race card" can not be played if the "race card" has not been dealt. No one wants to be untruthful when they are faced with discrimination, racism, and hatred because of your "race." It is one of those things African Americans can not lie about.

  16. Vernika Mosley-Moreno

    We all need to admit that kids can be very mean and very manipulative, especially when they know no one is paying them attention. Just because the owners of this gym did not personally see these things happen, it doesn't mean that what Gabby is saying, did not happen. They didn't need to go so far as calling this young lady a "liar". After her performance at the Olympics what would she gain? She has quickly become a star and America's Sweetheart. She has admitted to having to be disciplined for not doing things right at times as well as admitted what her punishment was. Why would she lie, as they say, about this gym. Gabby is merely sharing with us that the road to where she is has not been an easy one. These owners need to just make sure that if they see or hear anything that may be considered racist happening that they nip it in the bud and address the situation.

  17. Arthur Pilibosian

    Good Job, Keep sending the message that whites are racists!
    White Guilt got Obama elected President, He's doing a Great Job, Right !
    Hope & Change !

  18. Donna Baptiste

    Question: Why would an olympic gold medalist cry bullying? Because it happened! No one at her level would fabricate such a thing. Her report is obviously a cry for help, and justice in a dire situation. One or more people she dealt with exacted Psychopathic/sociopathic behavior in her case. Racism was most likely a mode of many psychic attacks used in an attempt to get her to stop her quest for gold. I am a veteran journalist who has studied cases like this. I am also Black. Assaults of this manner especially for Blacks are laced with hateful statements both latent, and obvious. Bullying is a terrible problem in this country with deadly results. People in the United States need to deal with this awful problem; and the jail the BULLY and not attack the VICTIM!

  19. Zach Klinner

    Shuntina, no one knows the real story here, so don't be claiming that Gabrielle wasn't lying. If her gym, who also has African American gymnasts in it, say there was no bullying than how do we know if there was or not? How is Betty making it a race thing when the story is about race?… Plus the last thing was uncalled for and didn't help your argument.

  20. Debbie Bush

    the truth hurts business , epecially when the truth comes from an Olympic gold medalist. Bad charma always comes back to haunt you.

  21. Debbie Bush

    the truth hurts business , epecially when the truth comes from an Olympic gold medalist. Bad charma always comes back to haunt you.

  22. Phillip Saturno

    I don't know if it is true or not.But whenever someone responds to one of these ridiculous articles, please check your spelling.Your thoughts might have more merit to them if they made sense when we read them. Thx!

  23. Leonard Foster Jr

    Been thier done that why are people so Blind? even the Prez is not safe from attack but you know what, many times you felt the attack from your own race? because you were not into the stereotype sports.

  24. Shuntina Taylor

    Zach, That's like saying, if administrators in a school said there is no bullying in their school, then anyone claiming otherwise is lying. That's ridiculous. It takes one person to make a racist statement. A group to laugh at it. It doesn't make it right. The question is why would a 2x olympic gold medalist lie about the comment that her hurt feeling? What the hell does she have to gain from it? She's already going to have endorsements. It's not going to prevent her from making the US team next olympic season. The article, my dear Zach, is about interpretation of an incident. Gabrielle did not say the people were white. She didn't say anything about race. Black people weren't the only people to be enslaved. If I'm not mistaken every race has had slaves. Unless you have been a target of a racial slur you will never understand. Oh and the fact that there is an interview in which the coach's daughter did not deny that it happened and went as far to say that "Sometimes they joke. They don't mean any harm by it." Hmmm…now why would you say that if nothing "happened." Ohhh because it did happen but they didn't mean for it to be derogatory. And the last part is to tell betty that some people aren't going to change their mind about her and her accomplishments. Gabrielle has made a difference and this isn't going to change the minds of little girls who now believe that they can do it.

  25. Paige Armstrong

    Just because some did not experience it does not mean that she did not. People who are getting bested regularly tend to lash out at those who are besting them. I was not an athlete, but I was a smart kid, and other kids used to applaud in class if I raised my hand and got an answer wrong.

    Those of us who have been the victims of bullies know that it was bullying because we felt it in our innermost beings.

  26. Anonymous

    boohoo like she is the only person in the world that has been bullied.

  27. Anonymous

    Obviously not true… except for one POSSIBLE isolated, harmless incident. Otherwise at least one other African-American gymnast from that gym would have come forward. Come on, people, use your brains on this one! Really disappointing to see an Olympic champion play that race card.

  28. Vonte Thom

    She said something similar in 2010 after she performed better than the professionals while she was listed as an amateur. She said she moved because she was uncomfortable and wanted a different gym but it wasn't until she saw her current coach with Shawn Johnson. She was awed how he treated her, he corrected or provided instruction with support and she felt she needed that.

  29. Vonte Thom

    She said something similar in 2010 after she performed better than the professionals while she was listed as an amateur. She said she moved because she was uncomfortable and wanted a different gym but it wasn't until she saw her current coach with Shawn Johnson. She was awed how he treated her, he corrected or provided instruction with support and she felt she needed that.

  30. Vonte Thom

    Some are saying this came from no where but these are the same statements she made in 2010 but provided more details WHY she moved.

  31. Vonte Thom

    Some are saying this came from no where but these are the same statements she made in 2010 but provided more details WHY she moved.

  32. Gregory Warren

    Please do not allow this young lady to represent our Country in 4 years. She does not embody the SPIRIT and WORK ETHIC of the other dedicated men and women on Our Olympic Team.

  33. Gregory Warren

    Please do not allow this young lady to represent our Country in 4 years. She does not embody the SPIRIT and WORK ETHIC of the other dedicated men and women on Our Olympic Team.

  34. Vonte Thom

    Not true, do you KNOW how many kids witness bullying without telling someone else? This is something that happens every day, kids who are bullied or those that notice it will not report it. These are the same statements she provided in 2011 she just expounded on WHY she left but did not want to say anything during the Olympic Trials.

  35. Vonte Thom

    Not true, do you KNOW how many kids witness bullying without telling someone else? This is something that happens every day, kids who are bullied or those that notice it will not report it. These are the same statements she provided in 2011 she just expounded on WHY she left but did not want to say anything during the Olympic Trials.

  36. Vonte Thom

    So mature…::sarcasm:: she is not whining nor complaining…she only answered a questioned that was asked of her.

  37. Anonymous

    You are not black and cannot understand what blacks go through. Many whites will not admit blacks being bullied, except when cought on tape. White make themselves disrepectfull when they deny the undeniable, no white man will admit using racial slurs when the witness is white. I passed through this pain, that they accuse you even when they wrong you.

  38. Anonymous

    It have never had it before and cannot understand the magnitude of the pain, many god bless you

  39. Anonymous

    She cannot hide the truth, it's the owners of the gym to say, sorry if it happened, we were not aware or wedid not believe you at that time. May satan bless the people in that gym.

  40. Tracey Scott

    If you are not a racist, this should't be an issue for you. You are still free to love her, but your love sounds very conditional to me. You can keep it, it's not worth much.

  41. Chuck Jarrett

    even if the bullying did happen an apology from the owners is moot, not to mention all this being hearsay & great ratings for oprah. may satan unbless you yarfoh and allah bend you over.

  42. 'Michael Agee

    Really that is the stupidest thing I've ever heard… So if they had took their time to deny the charges they wouldn't have been suspect? If you tell me I've murdered someone… I'm going to say, faster than you can snap your fingers say… "I didn't do it" if its not true…. Seems to me the fact that they deny it quickly, shows they have a firm grasp on whats going on in the gym. They didn't have to poll the managers and athletes to see if it could have happened… You don't know what you're talking about…

  43. 'Michael Agee

    Teenage girls can be really mean… So I don't doubt she was on the other end of some sharp barbs… I wonder how many she handed out? She never commented on some other girls hair, skin, style? I'm sure she has… I'm also sure she was a favorite at the gym…

  44. Gemini Redd Black

    IT IS ALWAYS THE NATURE OF WHITE FOLKS WHO THINK WE STILL LICK BOOTS TO GET AHEAD. THEY KNOW THAT EVERY WHITE GIRL AT THAT FACILITY WHO FELT THEY WERE BETTER THAN GABRIELLE BULLIED HER. ITS HOW THEY R RAISED, TO THINK WE CAN NOT BE BETTER THAN THEM WHEN TIME AFTER TIME THEY (white folks) SEE WE R EQUAL! LMBO I REALLY DISLIKE WHITE FOLKS!

  45. John Bradley

    I have no doubt that she's being truthful. Although many things have changed in our world, it's sad to say racism is alive and well in all communities. I'm sure this was a shock to the gym owners, because I'm quite sure they were planning on drumming up mega business by boasting, Gabbie trained there. Instead of calling her a liar, they should have consulted with a PR firm. furthermore, to those people that believe the phrase "playing the race card" weakens the validity of the allegationt, are very mis-led. To the contrary, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, it is a duck. People know when they are being treated less then others.

  46. Angelia Jones

    I think this would be proof of her comment! The bullying continues!

  47. Angelia Jones

    I think this would be proof of her comment! The bullying continues!

  48. Evie Ryan

    When we are young, we all experience some amount of bullying; it's a "ugly" part of growing up. Perhaps Gabby was bullied and Perhaps, she was not. What I find promblematic is that thus but of information came out on OPRAH's show. Wih Oprah's sagging ratings (believe me she is bleeding money on that network), how easy would it be to plant that thought/idea into Gabby's head and make her believe it. Gabby is a child, only 16 and has been sheltered from the world. Oprah's influence over her would be tremendous…think about it. Sad to think that perhaps, Ms. Winphrey has ruined this poor girls life. Let's see if her endorsements vanish, If they do, I will blame Oprah. She would do anything to get those ratings. She doesn't give a damn about little, beautiful, innocent Gabby. Very sad.

  49. El Elx

    @shuntina; if bullying can have such positive results, shouldn't we do it more?/
    Of course that would be counter-productive to the bullies in the White House whoare trying to bully America into bullying less!

  50. El Elx

    You didn't know the answer yet you held up your hand; you gave the wrong answer and the others clapped; You felt you were bullied…
    So how often did this happen? Once? Twice? a hundred times?
    So you held up your hand a hundred times, got the answer wrong a hundred times and got laughed at a hundred times…
    Did it ever occur to you that they were laughing at a think-you-know-it-all poseur and attention seeker?
    Did it ever occur to you that YOU WERE BULLYING those who DID know the correct answer?
    No, it wouldn't! Your post indicates that you are now the same ignorant bully you were at school!

  51. Chuck Jarrett

    this coming from the guy who spells thanks as Thx?! i truly hope you were trying to be funny; although failure was your only outcome . . .

  52. Anonymous

    No Child Protective Services expects parents to at least show some concern for the child's allegations and not lash out at the child. So basically, the husband should have stated that the child could have misinterpreted his or his punishments as abuse. But with child protective Serivices you should never lash out at the child unless you really want them to be removed.

    The wife should have acknowledged the possibility of abuse when she was not at home. Basically, she has no way of knowing what happened when she wasn't there.

    In this case Gabby did not say that the owners abused her she was talking about the other children. The owners have no way of knowing whether or not the other children bullied her. So immediately dismissing the claims is inappropriate.

    I can't even do that in the class room. If a child tells me they have been bullied I can not say that isn't true because I have no way of monitoring all children every minute of the day. That is impossible for anyone to do.

    So to just say it didn't happen when they were not there just raises a red flag. Usually a person who makes a judgement that quickly over a situation they could not have possibly monitored is hiding something.

    It is also always inappropriate to say that a child is a liar if they open up about being a bullying victim. We can't say that in the school system.

  53. Gemini Redd Black

    U FIGHT FOR U. I DONT CARE ABOUT UR PAIN JUST LIKE U DONT CARE ABOUT MINE. WHITE FOLKS LIE, CHEAT AND KILL TO GET WHAT THEY WANT ALL THROUGH HISTORY. NOW ITS UNIVERSAL BUT WE STILL PAY MORE FOR OUR CRIMES THAN THE MISFORTUNATE WHITE PEOPLE! BEFORE I WENT TO COLLEGE I WAS A BOOT LICKER BUT SINCE I'VE LEARNED SOME NEW INFORMATION I SEE THINGS AS THEY REALLY R. THIS IS A RACIST COUNTRY BECAUSE OF WHITE PEOPLE AND NOW ITS UNIVERSAL.

  54. Anonymous

    No they wouldn't have taken the children if both parents would have shown some concern for the children's allegations and did not lash out at them and call them liars.

    They would have had to go to counseling and would have been monitored by a case worker but the children would have stayed in the home.

    The wife was never around when the abuse happened so she really looked suspicious when she compeltely denied that the abuse occurrred. She did not know what was happening while she was gone.

    Instead of calling her own children liars she should have just said that she was surprised by the allegations and did not think her husband would abuse children but she couldn't really say what happened when she wasn't home.

    Gabby did not say that the owners bullied her but that another child did. The owners are not the coaches they are rarely aorund the children. Even if they were with the children everyday like I am as a teacher it is still impossible to monitor every child's actions every minute of the day.

    It is inapproriate to call a child a liar if they are telling you they have been bullied. You are obligated to consider the possibility and investigate it when you work with children.

    The owners were too quick to call Gabby a liar and state that her bullying claims were sickening. They are not showing any concern for Gabby's possible misfortune caused by another child.

    I would never take my child to a facility like that. Not because of Gabby's statements but because of the owners. So if my child is bullied and they report it the owners are going to say they are sick and immediately call them liars.

    That is inappropriate, they must investigate it and if Gabby did not report it and this is the first time they are learning of it. Then that should have been said.

    "We are shocked by the allegations and have worked to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive for the progress of all participaints. Bullying and racial slurs are not tolerated in our facility. While we cannot confirm or deny Ms. Douglas' claims we will do our best to ensure that all partcipants continue to learn in a positive environment."

    A statement like that is sufficient calling a 16 year old child a liar and sickening because they opened up about an incident that the owners had no way of knowing about is inappropriate.

  55. Jennifer Graham Pistella

    Gemini, don't think for a minute that anything I have was earned through devious means. Thanks to God that I know enough good black people, that I'll just have to forget your racist opinions.

  56. Alice Wilson

    If I say I was bullied at a gym, how can the gym's owners come back and say I wasn't? Was the owner with me all day long? True, it's probably not the gym that was racist, but most likely some of the people at the gym were bullies and racists. I think the gym's owners took it personally. He can't control what people at his gym says and does. The gyms owners doesn't need to be so defensive. It's not about his gym but rather a few ignorant people at his gym and what Gabby feels she experienced while there. Whether he witnessed it or not, instead of being defensive about it, he should talk to her and see what happened to make her feel like that.

  57. Hopefor Sleeve

    Ha! I bet if she had kept quiet the gym would be claiming victories all over the place. Okay, it happen as I do believe her and she even told Oprah, "I don't want to focus on the negative , let's move on". It was Oprah who said but, I want to talk about it. So you cannot blame Gabrielle for responding in honesty to the question. Before that she would say that she just needed better training, so she wasn't out to harm them as she could have and really put a light on them. No one is playing the race card here. Stop dealing them if you don't want to get played! There are some hateful people in this world and it's a race card when it's about blacks but, it's hurt my feelings when it's another color or agenda? Whatever, Gabrielle do your thing and continue to tell the truth when asked as you did. Some folk just can't handle the truth!

  58. Shelton Jefferson

    Gabby Douglas is a 16 year old CHILD. It would seem that under your standard any Black person that complains of racist behavior is playing the race card.
    First of all, what is the likelihood that ANY CHILD is going to lie about being mistreated by adults? Second, what benefit does she get from her complaints?
    It can't be to advance her gymnastics career. She earned her gold medals and a place in world history — already. Is it possible she is simply trying to let people know what she went through?

  59. Tom Cruz

    look at the pictures of faces favoring gabby? theyre all black…Now..i don't believe Gabby coz Dennis and the rest are the cause of division in America…right whoopie al sharton jesse james jackson? booo all blacks….

  60. Anonymous

    Dennis Chaney i had to ride a school bus where the majority of kids were african american and i was constantly singled out..or bullied as u put it. jokes were made, rap songs were sung..i was very uncomfortable but for a good reason. you see that sword cuts both ways. i don't think gabbys coaches were racist although i do believe gabbys story about the slave comment. we don't know how it was meant (probably as a joke) but it hurt her and thats the only thing that should matter. gabby needs to name the person who said it so they can apologize or something

  61. Gemini Redd Black

    Jennifer Graham Pistella I THANK WHITE FOLKS FOR MY GREAT OPINIONS. I DONT CARE WHAT COLOR THE PEOPLE U KNOW R. LIKE MOST WHITE FOLKS U R NOT BEYOND LYING. I HAVE NOT TOLD ONE LIE YET. HERES SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT UR POST, U KNOW A LOT OF GOOD BLACK PEOPLE. HOW MANY R UR FRIENDS? NONE BECAUSE IF THEY WERE U WOULD HAVE STATED THAT. SO TRUE TO UR WHITE COLOR U R. ITS COOL, I AM NOT OFFENDED. IN FACT I AM HIGHLY AMUSED WHITE LADY!!!

  62. Anonymous

    like other ethnic groups could not possibly understand being bullied? I had to ride a school bus where the majority of kids were african american and I was constantly singled out..or bullied as u put it. jokes were made, rap songs were sung..i was very uncomfortable but for a good reason. you see that sword cuts both ways. I don't think gabbys coaches were racist although I do believe gabbys story about the slave comment but she was talking about other CHILDREN. we don't know how it was meant (probably as a joke) but it hurt her and that's the only thing that should matter. gabby needs to name the person who said it so they can apologize or something. it's not that white people don't understand what it's like to be prejudged by how we look..it happens on a daily basis. it's that black people think they are the only group on the planet that have faced prejudices. that's the race card everyone is sick of. your not special. your not different. you are more vocal about it perhaps. gabby is however very special and a great athlete.

  63. Richard Daniels

    Leave it to a fucking NIGGER to start crying foul. Is there anything you fuckers DONT bitch about? Stop robbing people and killing people and your race might gain some respect?

  64. Jennifer Graham Pistella

    Gemini Redd Black I am at work now, so I must quit this blog (As a single mother, my job comes first, even before my extreme need for peace between us). I just was reading about all the different opinions on one of many of our U.S.A. athletes, that I'm EXTREMELY proud of!!! Your post stuck out because of the blatant HATE you have for WHITE folks. As an FYI, I'm not originally from VA area, I came here to serve the military for OUR country… I was born in Pontiac, yup, we're probably both TIGERS fans…Yes, I have black friends, and I have white enemies..I've been called "Niggar Lover" down here in the South where racism is STILL very prominent. I defend my BLACK friends, including my BEST FRIEND (Yes, he is black), and will continue to do so, at the expense of my safety.. As for you, I pray your opinions are of the minority.

  65. Doyle Brown

    I liked Gabby and thought highly of her accomplishments, now with these bullshit remarks I will not support anything she does.

  66. Daniel Adams

    Stupid little girl. What is she trying to do? This gym made her what she is today, she just couldn't be happy with what she accomplished. She just had to throw the race issue out there. Even if she was bullied so what, everybody has been bullied at one time or another get over it. They need to pull those Wheaties boxes off the shelves right now. She had a chance to elevate her race and she blew it, she just reinforced the perception that people have of blacks always making a race issue out of something even when there is no issue. She is a failure now.

  67. Daniel Adams

    you dont know anything, I get called all those stupid racist names by blacks and they mean nothing to me. Blacks are weak and cant handle criticism

  68. Daniel Adams

    What is she gaining by this? I dont think anyobdy really cares we hear this story all the time with blacks. Blacks need to grow some thicker skin and quit being such pussies all the time

  69. Daniel Adams

    Youre right racism exists, I have to put up with it in ghetto Atlanta every day with all thees ignorant blacks down here that dont know how to act.

  70. Anonymous

    I was told a few weeks before the Games. she left owing about $20,000.. Even her Mom said they had falling behind in paying people… In a story for the Game.. The mother said she was going to fail bankruptcy to get out of paying any one she owed….Just something to think about…

  71. Art Burnett

    Some whites are racist and some aren't. White guilt getting Obama elected is the stupidest thing I ever heard. He got elected because they gambled that he would do a better job of getting us out of the recession and would be quicker at removing the soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq.Of course he failed.

  72. Anonymous

    My baby 18 years ago just started 1st grade the 1st day white told her you can't play with us cause you are black. That innocent little white girl pick that crap up from people she know more than likely close family members.
    Even today 2012 RACE DISCRIMINATION IS STILL PREVLENT.

  73. Art Burnett

    Here's my take on it. I think some agent or publicist has her spouting off these woe is me interviews. The daddy that wasn't there and being harassed by racist students. I'm not saying it did or did not happen, but like I said in another blog: If she didn't address the problem then, why do it now? I think portraying her as a victim is a bad move and her 15 minutes of fame will end in 10 minutes.

  74. Gemini Redd Black

    U R EXTREMELY FUNNY WHITE LADY. AND I HATE THE TIGERS THEY SUCK! BASEBALL SUCKS! AND THIS COUNTRY THIS STOLEN COUNTRY DOESNT BELONG TO EITHER OF US BUT AS A WHITE PERSON POSSESSION IS 99% OF THE LAW OF OWNERSHIP. I DO NOT HATE WHITE PEOPLE I DISLIKE THEM FOR THE ROTTEN KILLING LYING THIEVES THAT U R, THEY R. HAVE A GREAT DAY AT UR JOB, OH THEY NEVER LYNCH WHITE PEOPLE IN 2012 THAT IS RESERVED FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR!

  75. Denise Walton

    You are so right racism does exist I have to put up with these rednecks trying to hang all the educated blacks here. These white folks here are the worst to blacks. So lets not go there blacks don't have a history of killing raping or taking what's not theirs just because that's what they want and you can't be black and try to rise up because white folks will tear you down every chance they get.

  76. Monica Lewis McGill

    Who are we to say this did not happen to her? We should not have be put into this kind of situations when comes racism in this country!

  77. Jamie McDonald

    I am so saddened, disappointed, heartbroken and angry that this is the road this has taken. I PERSONALLY was trained for my entire gymnastics career at this gym. Where I was able to obtain a FULL athletic scholarship. NEVER and I mean NEVER was there any racist comments or race favoritism shown at this facility. As Randy stated in the article, if anything she was shown favor due to her natural abilities and the coaches wanted to foster that. She is a child, so my anger is directed at her mother, not only does she know better, but she knows the truth in this entire situation. The statements made on Oprah about there not being any other african american gymnast are also not true. As a matter of fact that gym was one of the most racially diverse gyms that I have seen. Gabby, is a beautiful child and has a beautiful spirit. I hope that one day she can understand the ramifications for the actions and words that she has chosen to use.

  78. Jamie McDonald

    I am so saddened, disappointed, heartbroken and angry that this is the road this has taken. I PERSONALLY was trained for my entire gymnastics career at this gym. Where I was able to obtain a FULL athletic scholarship. NEVER and I mean NEVER was there any racist comments or race favoritism shown at this facility. As Randy stated in the article, if anything she was shown favor due to her natural abilities and the coaches wanted to foster that. She is a child, so my anger is directed at her mother, not only does she know better, but she knows the truth in this entire situation. The statements made on Oprah about there not being any other african american gymnast are also not true. As a matter of fact that gym was one of the most racially diverse gyms that I have seen. Gabby, is a beautiful child and has a beautiful spirit. I hope that one day she can understand the ramifications for the actions and words that she has chosen to use.

  79. Jeanette Doe

    When you have to announce that you are good people b/c there are other African Americans at your facility that should say something. Why would she make up something like that?

  80. Sindy Finn Putney

    Its sad that you David Dalton- are the very type of person she would be referring to. you say nasty things then act like your just being funny and meant nothing by it and when called out you accuse her of playing the race card. I have had to walk into places of work and such and been the odd one out and had to put up with remarks that i should not have had to deal with I know exactly what she is talking about and so do thousands of others in her shoes. Its a shame but that is the state we live in and your denial of her facts just makes me so sad that you continue to be blind.

  81. Sindy Finn Putney

    Dennis Chaney …….well said !!!! I too experienced exactly this but i was lucky enough to have big brothers who put a stop to it when the school did not do anything about it.

  82. Ryan Bertul

    I absolutely positively agree with those who state that "racism" and prejudices exist. My wife was recently employed at a school (as a teacher) where she continually was ostracized from the group, made fun of because she was different, asked "what do you people eat"?, and called crazy by the kids in the school. Here's the punch line…she's caucasian, and was BULLIED by a group of Black teachers and children because she was white. Nobody wants to hear about that though. The best part is the girls she became "friends" with, were only nice to her in one on one situations, but then when all of their fellow Black teachers were around they made fun of her and ostracized her. There was a fellow teacher who had some vision problems, and my wife volunteered to drive her to school EVERY day, and never complained…this person never paid for gas once. My wife is simply a nice person. The Black teachers asked her, "what are you trying to prove" by offering her kind gesture. It's truly a sad world in which we live. It goes BOTH ways. Racism is racism.

  83. Sindy Finn Putney

    Betty please please stop for a second and think about what YOU are saying. just because someone becomes famous does not exempt them from what took place before. If she were a white girl telling you this had happened as sooo many actresses and models would you even be posting this insensitive and ugly comment. You have little understanding of someone until you walk in their shoes. America shocks me as i honestly thought racism would not exist to the extent it does but i can honestly say that having lived on both sides of the pond it is far worse here than any where else i have travelled.

  84. 'Michael Agee

    Again, you are comparing apples to oranges. First Gabby, while technically a child, she is a far from that… she is a seasoned competitor. Two, this is not parent/child situation, she is involved in a completely voluntary activity. Thirdly, If this was such a problem, why did she not talk to her mother, her sisters, some other adult outside of the gym? There have been several other national level black gymnasts from this gym and none support her allegation. It is also suspicious that Gabby, owes this gym $25k in fees, that were differed, and she was supposed to allow her name to be used for endorsements for the gym… easy to wiggle out of that agreement when you claim the gym is full of racist little kids.

    I think she suffered typical teenage teasing, maybe even some bullying but she never brought it to anyone's attention, and she claiming it happened over a long period of time where she was probably one of the featured athletes. I've trained with guys that went on to play in the pros, those guys are special, they get a lot of attention from the coaches and administrators in the schools and gyms I worked out in. If there was a problem the staff knew…

  85. Jennifer Ofosua

    So now she's lying? What 16 year old would lie about that?

  86. Daniel Adams

    all black men do is rape and kill, they are responsible for 90 percent of violent crimes in this country. you are clueless. white men arent raping black girls its the opposite

  87. Eric Shaw

    She should leave so "they" can sink together in this world they create. I can't imagine anyone treating Amy badly. "they" don't deserve her.

  88. Ryan Bertul

    Fortunately we're long gone from that bad place. She's not dealing with that anymore!

  89. Anonymous

    In the school system and any entity that deals with children she is still considered a child, a minor regardless of her accomplishments. The gym could come under investigation because the owners did are not acknowledge the possibility of bullying.

    This is a reflection on how they will handle all future claims and complaints. It doesn't matter how many years ago it happened they are supposed to consider the child's well being first, always.

    When you deal with children regardless of their status it is a whole other entity. The media is having a good time with this but with the surge in bullying and the surge in violence committed by children who claimed they were bulied is something that is being cracked down on everywhere where children are involved.

    We have to take all claims of bullying seriously from children and it is never appropriate to call a child a liar when they say they have been a victim of mistreatment and you were not a witness to the incident.

    Now there is no such thing as harmless teenage teasing we have to treat it as bullying. The general public doesn't realize how serious of an issue this has become.

    The gym facility trains children and will be under more scrutiny than an adult facility.

    The owners should have been more carefull with their words. The bottom line is regardless of Gabby's status and success she is only 16 and in the eyes of the law she is a child her status cannot change that. Besides she was only a child and not a star when that happened so the fact that they are dismissing it is really bad.

    The responsibility to ensure that all child claims are taken seriously is on the owners, the adults never on the children.

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  91. Anonymous

    My statement to you is why would Gabby want to lie about this. There is no reason for her or her mother to lie. Maybe you did not experience any problems, but she said that she did and I believe her. They have no reason to lie.

  92. Michele Kerr Bozzuto

    It doesn't matter what any of US think or what the people at her old school think. SHE felt she was bullied and that's all that matters. When will we learn that bullying is NOT acceptable?

  93. Michele Kerr Bozzuto

    It doesn't matter what any of US think or what the people at her old school think. SHE felt she was bullied and that's all that matters. When will we learn that bullying is NOT acceptable?

  94. Jakeicha Brwon

    @ Betty Are you saying that Gabriel can continue being a national hero (despite her tremendous achievements) as long as she doesn't talk about racism in sports, training, society, etc…? And more importantly instances where it has happened to her first hand. When the movie the Hunger Games came out people were LIVID that a very lovable character in the book was portrayed by a woman of color in the motion picture.These rejects invaded twitter for days spewing racists and very cruel comments for everyone to read. Sooo PLEASE don't say we are in a post racial society. Some people that are racist are out front with it while others try to keep it under raps. Kids can be mean true enough, but so can adults.

  95. Jakeicha Brwon

    Maybe you looked closer to white than Gabriel did, and they gave you a free pass. Or maybe you trained with a group of better athletes. Who can see. Maybe you just were lucky that no one said those things to your face or in ear shot.

  96. Jakeicha Brwon

    Maybe you looked closer to white than Gabriel did, and they gave you a free pass. Or maybe you trained with a group of better athletes. Who can see. Maybe you just were lucky that no one said those things to your face or in ear shot.

  97. Jakeicha Brwon

    Jakeicha Brwon · AIU Dunwoody.
    @ Betty Are you saying that Gabriel can continue being a national hero (despite her tremendous achievements) as long as she doesn't talk about racism in sports, training, society, etc.. And more importantly instances where it has happened to her first hand. When the movie the Hunger Games came out people were LIVID that a very lovable character in the book was portrayed by a woman of color in the motion picture.These rejects invaded twitter for days spewing racists and very cruel comments for everyone to read. Sooo PLEASE don't say we are in a post racial society. Some people that are racist are out front with it while others try to keep it under raps. Kids can be mean true enough, but so can adults.

  98. Jamie McDonald

    The fact of the matter is that no one can really comment on any of this unless you were yourself in that gym and environment. People continue to speculate and pass judgement on people they have never met. I was older than Gabby, and actually Gabby went on to become a MUCH better gymnast that I could have ever dreamed of becoming. I can easily speak for those who trained there in saying those girls and coaches were a family, are still considered family. Race was not an issue, nor something that was even looked at. We all shared a love, and that was gymnastics. END OF STORY.

  99. Jamie McDonald

    lynwalton0001 Honestly, I have no idea why she would lie about it. But facts are facts.. at any given time there were more than 5-10 african american gymnast in that training facility, training at the same time as she was. That's not counting those that were asian, jewish, middle eastern or any one of the other diverse racial and religious gymnast who were there.

  100. Jakeicha Brwon

    Gabriel left that gym and she became a gold medalist. I don't think she has a reason to lie. There is nothing to gain individually by infuriating white people, and pissing off people such as your self. Telling the truth is far more difficult than liying. I respect Gabriel for not going along just to get along. It shows strength and character.

  101. Jennifer Ofosua

    No youre the looser as are the rest of the people who would rather accuse and attempt to tarnish the reputation of this minor because their too arrogant and cowardly to acknowledge that racism does exist in this so called great country.

  102. Jennifer Ofosua

    No youre the looser as are the rest of the people who would rather accuse and attempt to tarnish the reputation of this minor because their too arrogant and cowardly to acknowledge that racism does exist in this so called great country.

  103. Jennifer Ofosua

    No youre the looser as are the rest of the people who would rather accuse and attempt to tarnish the reputation of this minor because their too arrogant and cowardly to acknowledge that racism does exist in this so called great country.

  104. Jennifer Ofosua

    No youre the looser as are the rest of the people who would rather accuse and attempt to tarnish the reputation of this minor because their too arrogant and cowardly to acknowledge that racism does exist in this so called great country.

  105. Jamie McDonald

    WOW, did you actually read what I wrote, or are you just commenting to comment? No one ever questioned her character. Actually, all I said were positive things about her character (please read above were I said "Gabby, is a beautiful child and has a beautiful spirit"). Again I say, do you know her? Do you know all the details why she left? We can scrape this under the rug and say that it was because of racism but that's simply not the truth. So there you go… there is my strength and character.

  106. Regina James

    You are just mad because you know she is telling the truth! Yes, this is to you David Dalton! What a very unwise person you are! I guess you would discriminate against a child or allow others to harass and call her the N word because you see no problem with that , you must be guilty of this kind of behavior yourself! You probably call yourself a CHRISTIAN, but last I checked, Christ WAS NOT BIASED OR RASCIST AGAINST ANYONE! You need Jesus for real. Change your lifestyle and way of thinking or you might just be sadly mistaken when you reach those pearly gates of heaven and God turns you away because you secretely harbor HATE! And please don't give me the infamous quote "I got some black friends"" because if you do they must be some UNCLE TOMS and they must kiss your butt and that's why yall are cool.

  107. Regina James

    Zach Klinner But those other African American children were kiss ups and want to please anyone that is white or nonblack! Please be quiet you are not black and you will never know how mean and hateful some caucasians truly are, take a look at how hateful some of the white republicans are treating Obama. They generally do not like African Americans and their rascist mindsets go all the way back to slavery because some of these people are sick and need to be medicated by a shrink!

  108. Regina James

    Shuntina Taylor No Betty has not made a difference in anyone's because she didn't reply to you(it's called a guilty conscience) and she probably don't care to because she may be a litttle selfish, but a DEVOUT CHRISTIAN! LOL!

  109. Bryan Caver

    @ Daniel . . . so we have to all check in with you now to know if our experiences were racist or bullied? Is is so hard to believe that white kids would use racial remarks to a black kid in today's America in a mostly white sport? I mean you post two of the most silliest comments in history in less than 8 hours – on the one hand you want us to believe you have experienced racism and prejudice (or at least been called names) and that because you have, others should get over whatever racism, prejudice or discrimination they have faced? You expect a 16 year old child to "grow thicker skin and quit being a pussy", about how she felt about certain treatment? How absolutely eloquent of you! If no one cared about her experience, she wouldn't be doing interviews, so if you don't care, then stop reading, watching and listening and move it along! Last time I checked some white trailer trash guy that married his sister wouldn't know racism if it came with instructions. And if you think all blacks are pussies, would love for you to come hang out in my neighborhood with that mouth of yours! You'd need some thicker skin for sure!

  110. Daniel Adams

    looser? nice spelling. This biggest problem blacks have is that they just cant keep their mouths shut. She should be happy with her success, but no she had to play the poor little underprivileged black child also talking about her deadbeat dad also. Why is that not surprising. She is a brat.

  111. Daniel Adams

    The 16 year old girls that cry rape and get young boys locked up that kind. Eveyrbody knows how manipulative women are that is no secret.

  112. Regina James

    anmcal The owners are just trying to save their hides and their reputation for the business they are operating! It was meant to come out this way and those same girls are probably hating the fact that Gabby is a winner even though they tried to make her feel bad about herself. I always say, God does not like ugly ways and deeds! I'm pretty sure their parents taught them how to be be hateful and one day that hate will turn on them through their own children.

  113. Regina James

    anmcal The owners are just trying to save their hides and their reputation for the business they are operating! It was meant to come out this way and those same girls are probably hating the fact that Gabby is a winner even though they tried to make her feel bad about herself. I always say, God does not like ugly ways and deeds! I'm pretty sure their parents taught them how to be be hateful and one day that hate will turn on them through their own children.

  114. James Randolph

    seems to me she was the star of the gym there so I see where thier could be sum jealousy.as for the other black girls they was prob no threat to the other girls. so they would not have heard the things said.

  115. Anonymous

    they was probably just hating on her cause she was better. I don't care who you are if your different there's going to be jokes. little white girls are mean as fuck and don't forget shes from the south. last time I was in the south I stopped in a town some white guy tells me your not from here don't come back.

  116. Bryan Caver

    You call a national hero and a young lady whose face is on the Wheaties box a nappy headed hoe, and expect anyone to take you serious? LOL . . . my racist friend, you better watch where you go in the ATL with that mouth! Morons who wear that emotions on their sleeve like you – reinforce for those that don't believe – yes there are ignorant racists in our society that want nothing but to tear down a bright and enterprising young lady that is serving as a role model for others. If you were intelligent at all, you might do what one poster did and find out that other girls in that same friggin gym did complain about it, and said the other girls were joking, but Gabby didn't take it as a joke. Now the racist girls at that gym wish she had stayed, so they could share in her glory, but she got away from those racist asswipes, like we are wish we could get away from you, you racist asswipe – who degrades a 16 year old champion, but an old racist fart with a Klan hat?

  117. Bryan Caver

    You call a national hero and a young lady whose face is on the Wheaties box a nappy headed hoe, and expect anyone to take you serious? LOL . . . my racist friend, you better watch where you go in the ATL with that mouth! Morons who wear that emotions on their sleeve like you – reinforce for those that don't believe – yes there are ignorant racists in our society that want nothing but to tear down a bright and enterprising young lady that is serving as a role model for others. If you were intelligent at all, you might do what one poster did and find out that other girls in that same friggin gym did complain about it, and said the other girls were joking, but Gabby didn't take it as a joke. Now the racist girls at that gym wish she had stayed, so they could share in her glory, but she got away from those racist asswipes, like we are wish we could get away from you, you racist asswipe – who degrades a 16 year old champion, but an old racist fart with a Klan hat?

  118. Bryan Caver

    Elevate her race? Wow, ROFL, LMAO . . . "even if she was bullied so what" "reinforced the perception" but you reinforce the perception that by speaking out on racism and being bullied, haters like you, who refuse to believe that racism still exists (despite being one of the biggest racist on the world wide web), usually are the biggest racists out there. A 16 year old little girl is speaking of her experiences and had them validated by other gym mates, but no your sorry ass instead of doing research, comes to the knee jerk response that in order to elevate her race, she shouldn't speak of america's racism – how friggin stupid are you? She's a credit to her race – the American race, and you want to pull of the boxes of wheaties, then go buy them moron! She's such a failure she'll make more money this year, then you dumb pathetic racist ass will make by kissing your sister for the rest of your miserable existence – that's how much of a failure she'll be idiot!

  119. Bryan Caver

    Yeah, cuz being a champion and having to deal with racist hicks does not embody the spirit and worth ethic . . .shut up Greg, your Klan hat is showing and btw, 1940 called and they want their racism back from you!

  120. Anonymous

    there is a whole booklet of word that cant be said to black people as innocent as it might be.

    at a restaurant?

    hi we have some in season wateremelon.

    can you imagine the PAIN THAT THE WHITE LEFTISTS HAVE PUT UPON BLACKS TO NOT BE TREATED LIKE PEOPLE.

    CANT SAY THIS CANT SAY THAT ETC.

    UNREAL

    BLACK PEOPLE ARE CATCHING ON TO YOU WHITE LEFTISTS WITH YOUR "HELP".

    WELFARE ETC DESTROYING SELF ESTEEM.

    New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, a Democrat and Congressional Black Caucus member, says Vice President Biden’s recent "chains" gaffe was indeed a reference to slavery despite the Obama campaign's denial.
    Rangel told the The Perez Notes radio show: “Was he talking about slavery? You bet your ass he was. Was he using the vernacular? Yes, he was. Did he think it was cute? Yes, he did. Was it something stupid to say? You bet your life it was stupid.”.

  121. Jakeicha Brwon

    I read your post…I just simply don't agree with what you said or how you view things. Just because I don't agree with you does not make me illiterate. No I do not know her personally, but I don't know you either. I simply choose to beleive her over you. The fact that you have never aknowleged the very existemce of racissim in this country makes me doubt what you say. It starts with being hinest with yourself. Then you can be honest with others. The only wau we can fix problems is to aknowldge that they indeed do exist. And if that gym did allow bad things to people of color (even just one)I hope it closes forever.

  122. Anonymous

    yes I believe Gabrielle because I am 50 and still get it to this day. Sales clerks putting your change on counter rather than in your hand, etc. I raised by son in an all white suburb and he was a victim as well. Kids don't tell on their classmates because it only gets worse! Like Gabby, my son cried and I cried for him because I thought I was giving him better opportunities than where we came from only to have him being ostracized and humiliated because of the color of his skin. Many of his classmates NEVER had a black classmate or team mate until we moved there. This was in the 90's. So imagine what I went thru in the 70's when my parents moved to an all white suburb in order to give me and my siblings a better opportunity. BTW my son was a darn good tennis player but he could not take the racism when he would go to play in tournaments. He was very talented. I give the Williams sister and fam major props for sticking it out and becoming the great players they are today. Those girls suffered a lot! Thank God they are a close knit family and were able to persevere. Hate and racism come from the home. Shame on the parents for not teaching their kids that not everyone is the same and you can learn something from all cultures.

  123. Dennis Chaney

    Richard, are you having a bad day this girl is only 16 and she tells her ordeal she experienced in her preparation for the Olympics. Why do a whole race of people who you do not know are lying about what happen to them? Using a racial depiction of a race is uncalled for and may reflect upon how you were raised as a child. When these issues has not been resolved as a child he or she carries over to adulthood those unresolved issue of there pass. God made male and female and from this union created humanity was formed. There is no supremacy in any race from the dust we came and to the dust we will return. Brother, it is bad taste to use derogatory names to express your feeling toward a race you feel is beneath you. I believe that Ms Douglas told the truth and like when someone is abuse and attempt to report their ordeal is most often not believe or suspected of lying. This is how the perpetuation of such acts as bullying, and rape on the victim makes them feel worthless. The perpetrator is empower to keep inflicting harm on the victim because he or she believes no one will believe her story. I believe her

  124. Anonymous

    Jamie just because it didn't happen to you doesn't mean it didn't happen to her! Jealousy plays a BIG part in bullying. You said yourself that you did not have the talent Gabby had at her age. so you were not a threat to those trying to move ahead of you — Gabby obviously was. She was younger and more talented! coaches and teachers show favoritism too! my son was once sent home from school (3rd grade) alone because of fighting. I was never contacted by school. The other two boys (both white) were not sent home and their parents were called to come pick them up. They sent the black child (my son) home — alone! by himself! He was on the porch when I got home scared to death because it was dark! Needless to say I sued the school and the school district for not notifying me and putting my child in harm's way by sending him home alone. It happens!

  125. Alice Stone McClary

    Many kids that attend predominate white clubs, schools and organizations are bullied but never state it out loud for fear of being exiled. No one can say what happened other than those involved so for anyone to say it didn't happened is obviously a racist.

    It seems to me that the racist(s) wanted target her because of her race. Most racist definitely DON"T want a person as gifted as Gabby to win at the game of competition, especially one that is global. Besides everyone knows that whenever a Black person competes in a game of competition 'We have to three-times as good as White." This is NOT a racial statement it is a fact.

    So please give the young lady a break and ASSUME that it COULD have happened. More than likely it probably DID because no one was around other than those that committed the act, not knowing that one day she would fly like an eagle to the top!

    I wish she would have called the names so the guilty would be known as one that is on the 'down-low' racist.

    And to ALL who may not know, the worst thing that could happen to anyone is to be surround by peers who operate as uncover racist! this is a very dangerous situation.

  126. Alice Stone McClary

    God bless you that it did not happen to you but it doesn't mean it DIDN"T happen to her. So your statement if way off base!

    Think about this…many have been raped and just because one wasn't doesn't mean that the crime does NOT HAPPEN to others.

  127. Benjamin Sawyer

    Sometimes car can run farther on gas than what is advertised. Sometimes a man secretly dresses as a woman and goes to dinner riding a bike. There are many faces to a painting of a man who does not see. A man can make money singing on an empty street if he also is working on that street. A person can wish and want for many things.

  128. Jakeicha Brwon

    Daniel Adams you have some very warped views my friend. So successful blacks just need to be quiet huh…? I hope that nothing bad ever happens to you in your life that you try to speak out about.

  129. Anonymous

    She is not lying about feeling left out. I know how she feels when you are not included in something because of race. I actually saw her feel left out at the Olympics. It 100% happened when they won the Team competition (if you noticed all of the other 4 women got together and held hands waiting on the verdict – did you notice that she walked away from it and Jordyn had to call her to hold hands). She walked away because this has happened to her where she feels alienated. She was so used to feeling that way that she thought that the other 4 would do that to her at the Olympics but Jordyn included her. Gabby didn't learn to shy away from group events just at the Olympics. It had become a part of her life because it has happened before and it was a habit to go the other way.

    **Funny that this is being talked about because I remember when I saw the Olympics and I asked myself, "Why is she going the other way – even though she saw them holding hands waiting on the winners to be announced?"** BUT I KNEW WHY EVEN THEN.

    Jordyn was really cool to not let color get in the way.

  130. Jakeicha Brwon

    I have nappy hair and I am proud, how do you feel about your self buddy. Nappy hair does not make me any less of a person than you. I hope that you will not reproduce and perpetuate those terrible and very nasty attitudes towards people of color.

  131. 'Michael Agee

    Alice what you're saying is simply not true… you don't have any facts to support it… I played athletics at a very high level and didn't hear my white teammate put black guys down because of their skills… this is made up in your mind… most 14 year old girls who's parents can pay for them to compete at this level aren't going to be narrowminded, KKK members. I think the racists here are you and your ilk who want to believe that if two white people are talking they are talking about a black person… its 2012… and its just as possible that Gabby is a dead beat is that she was bullied…

  132. Wayne Ross

    I am reading these comments and feel like I'm forced to give my little stupid input, I for one could respond to the comments but it will be relative to my experience in life(eg: my ethnic background, my financial status, my education level ect.)..Discussions are good stimulation for the brain.BUT, take a deep breath..EXHALE..then ask your self this..I DID NOT WITNESS THIS INCIDENT AND I AM SUGGESTING THAT THIS IS MY FEELINGS OF WHAT IS THE TRUTH, AM I 100% SURE OF MY VERDICT? then if you re 100% sure then contact me we could solve all the crimes that the specially trained crime unit cannot solve and other things.