GABBY DOUGLAS went from Glamour and Gold last Olympics to a Footnote in Rio. Internet Troll were all over her for not goose-stepping to their preconceived notion of respect for mates and country, so she was vilified on Social Media with nasty hashtags. Gabby explained that she loved her mates and her country but the Trolls kept coming and she broke down and cried.
I’m not shy about criticizing athletes — when they deserve it, Hope Solo (kinda my job); but that’s not the case with Douglas. She was disappointed and, perhaps, acted publicly disappointed – but she wasn’t disrespectful and un-patriotic, she was just bummed. That’s being human, not a jerk like Hope Solo. Big difference.
But, Trolls are gonna troll. It’s what they do.