Gabby Douglas Aly Raisman

Screengrab via USA Gymnastics/YouTube

Gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas apologizes after victim-blaming on Twitter

She said it is 'our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy.'


Josh Katzowitz


Published Nov 18, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 10:43 am CDT

In the past month, two members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gold-medal winning gymnastics team have come forward to say they were sexually assaulted by a former team doctor. But on Friday, another member of that squad appeared to victim-blame in a tweet.

McKayla Maroney  wrote last month that she had been molested for years by Dr. Larry Nassar, who is currently being sued by more than 130 women. Last week, Aly Raisman, a three-time gold medalist, said Nassar had assaulted her too and declared, “I’m really upset … I care a lot when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just … I can’t … every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this.”

On Friday, though, Gabby Douglas, who won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, tweeted that it was “our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy.” Her tweet has been deleted, but her former 2016 teammate, Simone Biles, almost immediately pushed back on the notion.

Douglas was responding to this tweet from Raisman on Friday morning.

That led to Douglas apologizing for the initial tweet and clarifying her comment.

Nassar has already pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges, and he will be sentenced next month.

Share this article
*First Published: Nov 18, 2017, 9:27 am CST