Teammate, Gabby Douglas Makes Me Sick

Gabby Douglas revealed to Oprah Winfrey that while training at Excalibur’s gym in Virginia Beach, Virginia: ‘I felt I was being bullied. I definitely felt isolated. I felt, ‘Why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black?’.’ Other girls said: ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it? She’s our slave’ when they needed someone to scrape chalk off the bars.

Randy Stageburg is a former Senior International Elite and National Team member released a statement: This is absolutely ridiculous. I trained at Excalibur gymnastics for 8 years and I personally trained with gabby for 2 of those years. The accusations that are being made against the gymnasts and coaches are just sickening. I watched dena and Gustavo put so much of their time and effort into gabby and the other athletes, no matter their race.

Gabby was never a victim, in fact many would say she was one of the favorites. I am not saying that she never felt bullied because when you are in a sport with a bunch of girls it is bond to happen. However, anything that she may have felt was never about race and I can assure you everyone at some point has felt bullied. I never once heard her complain about girls being mean, funny how it is just now coming up. Also, not only does she owe the gym thousands of dollars but she owes dena thousands as well. I watched dena open her home to gabby, feeding her, taking her to gym, and allowing her to stay over her house whenever gabby wanted to.

You take people like dena and Gustavo, people that are selfless and put so much into helping these gymnasts reach their potential and you make them out to be evil and heartless. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Unless you were there to witness these so called racial acts against gabby I suggest you take your comments elsewhere because you sound ignorant. Girls leave gyms all the time it is just part of being an athlete but there is absolutely no need to publicly bash people that have done nothing but support you and do the best they can to help you reach your dreams.

I also trained with Morgan Evans, Marcia Newby, Britney Ranzy and Sheriese Clark all of which were on the national team and are African American. I can assure you they all have nothing but great things to say about their experience at Excalibur.

Kristina Coccia (aka Sharky) is a former Senior International Elite who trained at Parkettes. She backed up Randy, saying: I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the Excalibur coaches for many years- never once would I question their coaching or love for their athletes. In fact, Dena and Jim were the first coaches to congratulate other athletes, as well as their own. I couldn’t agree more with Randy Stageburg. While I wasn’t personally coached by Jim, Dena or Gustavo- what Gabby is saying makes me sick. I know numerous gymnasts who experienced nothing but fantastic memories from Excalibur. Pay back the money you owe, stop playing the victim and respect the coaches who got you to the Elite level. Because the Excalibur family is one that I personally remember during my career. This entire story makes me sick sometimes.

  • Anonymous

    it wouldn’t surprise me if they asked her to say something like that, people don’t actually know what people can do to get ratings, maybe it was planned.

  • Anonymous

    Gabby never claimed the staff was racist. It was not an attack on the gym. People need to stop taking things out of context. A girl at the gym said that. Not the coaches. So whoever says it’s sickening to hear her say that, why?
    It’s more sickening to hear that someone didn’t raise their daughter to be respectful towards others.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous said:
    TBH, I don’t think they were saying anything to her because of race. If anything, it was out of jealousy because she was clearly one of the favorites. As far as saying “Make her do it, she’s our slave.” I would not be surprised to hear something similar said to any new gymnast joining the gym, regardless of race. It’s called hazing.
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    a white girl calling a black girl her slave has nothing to do with race?

    damn. white people will make excuses for ANYTHING, huh… surely, you cannot be this stupid.

  • Anonymous

    this fucking idiot trying to discredit gabby’s experience is the type of freak who deserves to eat literal shit for the rest of his white privileged life.

    gabby did not speak out against her CARETAKERS, she commented on the private sly remarks made by her teammates. sorry but i’m not sorry that you are EMBARRASSED that this girl is speaking her truth, instead of keeping it all in to make you look good. what a moron

  • Anonymous

    Guess what? The comments from Gabby’s former teammates make me sick. for starters, Gabby wasn’t referring to the coaches, she was talking about her peers. So unless these teammates observed her 24/7, they are really in no position to accuse her of lying. Furthermore, I’m tired of people carelessly tossing around around overused expressions like “stop playing the victim”. That expression applies to a person who consistently blames others for his or her failures, instead of taking any responsibility. It does NOT apply to a hardworking, motivated 16-year-old gymnast who just won two olympic gold medals! Lastly, Gabby has very little to gain (and a lot to lose) by talking about her experiences. I can only imagine how awful it must have been for her to read these comments from the her old teammates. The mention of her $1000 debt was particularly spiteful and unnecessary. No wonder she left that gym!

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  • ThinkBeforeYouComment

    Try being black for one day and see if you guys have the same opinions.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone feels out of place at times but I’m so sick of everyone trying to look like they overcame adversity. I would’ve had so much more respect for her had she not said anything. I also think it’s highly exaggerated.

  • Anonymous

    Gabby only mentioned a few things about racism, so unless you’re idiotic enough to believe that racism doesn’t exist, I’m wondering how you’e so certain that she is exaggerating. This 16-year-old girl has achieved more than most people will achieve in a lifetime and if that doesn’t get your respect, then nothing will.

  • AcidPinkLemonade

    Oh SNAP said:

    LOL famous people always claim they were ‘bullied’ even though most of the time it’s probably untrue.
    ========================
    this.
    @ThinkBeforeYouComment
    I’m black.

  • Anonymous

    Gabby never claimed the staff was racist. It was not an attack on the gym. People need to stop taking things out of context. A girl at the gym said that. Not the coaches. So whoever says it’s sickening to hear her say that, why?
    It’s more sickening to hear that someone didn’t raise their daughter to be respectful towards others.

  • Anonymous

    Gabby never claimed the staff was racist. It was not an attack on the gym. People need to stop taking things out of context. A girl at the gym said that. Not the coaches. So whoever says it’s sickening to hear her say that, why?
    It’s more sickening to hear that someone didn’t raise their daughter to be respectful towards others.

  • Anonymous

    Uh…these retards shouldn’t be saying anything, because they are losers from their town and jealous of Gabby because she has 2 Olympic gold medals, while they can’t even get 1.

  • Anonymous

    TBH, I don’t think they were saying anything to her because of race. If anything, it was out of jealousy because she was clearly one of the favorites. As far as saying “Make her do it, she’s our slave.” I would not be surprised to hear something similar said to any new gymnast joining the gym, regardless of race. It’s called hazing.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure this “bullying” was exagerated by Oprah’s handlers to create a “story”. It’s standard fare in Hollywood these days. All celebrities to get noticed must have been “bullied” to get into the fame club. Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato all play that game. It’s such a farce. Next thing will be Governor Chris Krispy blame Democrats during his speech that he was bullied and that’s why he is compelled to eat the hoho’s. Gabby should not have gone there, it, even if it was true, it detracts from her goodwill persona.

  • Oh SNAP

    LOL famous people always claim they were ‘bullied’ even though most of the time it’s probably untrue.