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Owner of Gabby Douglas’ Gym in VA Calls Her Racism Accusations ‘Fake’

In their efforts to defend their gym after Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas said she experienced racist bullying while training in Virginia, adults from the Virginia Beach facility have gone on the attack against Douglas, saying that she made it all up to make them look bad.

Douglas told Oprah Winfrey during on interview on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” that the treatment she endured in Virginia Beach up until two years ago was so nasty that she considered giving up the sport.

“One of my teammates was like, ‘Can you scrape the bar? And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it, she’s our slave?’” Douglas said during her nationally televised interview. “I definitely felt isolated, I felt why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black? Those thoughts would go through my mind.”

But Excalibur Gymnastics CEO Gustavo Maure released a statement saying that Douglas’ statements about her experiences at his gym were “fake” and “without merit.”

“Gabby’s remarks were hurtful and without merit,” Excalibur Gymnastics CEO Gustavo Maure said in a statement.”We’ve had more African Americans in elite and on the national team than any other gym in the country (5, 2 of them in Olympic Trials or Olympic Team Camp). Her African American former teammates will answer this serious accusation. (1st statement untruth, she was not the only African American gymnast training in the gym) We are good people. We never were knowingly involved in any type of bullying or racist treatment, like she is accusing Excalibur.”

Randy Stageburg, who trained at Excalibur for eight years (two of them alongside Douglas) called Douglas’ comments “absolutely ridiculous.”

“The accusations that are being made against the gymnasts and coaches are just sickening,” Randy Stageburg wrote to “I watched [head coach Dena Walker] 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,” Stageburg continued. “I am not saying that she never felt bullied because when you are in a sport with a bunch of girls it is bond [sic] 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.”

These defenses seem to be based on the belief that a child of 12, 13 or 14-years-old who is being bullied and subjected to racist treatment would put out a press release while the bullying was happening so that it would all be on the record. As many youngsters who were bullied when they were younger can attest, that’s not how children operate. Nor how the victims of bullying customarily respond.

“I wish to defend the children that trained with her and supported her when she attacks them with these allegations,” Moure, the CEO, continued. “Is Gabrielle a credible person just because she is an Olympic Champion? She is not giving any names or dates, leading us to believe that the accusation is fake. This wouldn’t be the first time that the media has made up a story. Thousands of gymnasts and families have supported our good conduct and our professionalism during the last 30 years.”

The man actually called the claims of this 16-year-old child “fake” because she didn’t provide names and dates? One wonders if he really would have preferred that she had gone on national television and called out the names of all the girls in his gym who acted racist toward her.

Probably not.


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12 thoughts on “Owner of Gabby Douglas’ Gym in VA Calls Her Racism Accusations ‘Fake’

  1. Aniyah Sydney Renne Tifari says:

    How can you say her accusations are fake? Gabrielle hardy seems like someone who would go on Oprah and make up stories! I feel her pain I know what is was like to be made to feel different because of the color of your skin. A white girl who I thought was my friend called me a nigger and didn't think I heard her. Then I had to beat her ass, and I bet she thought twice about saying it again! Go Gabby!, and the ignorant black folks who talked about her hair are so pathetic! losers!

  2. Gabby is not lying about what she said happened.

  3. Gabby is not lying about what she said happened.

  4. Les Lee says:

    why would she make that up and give her old gym p.r. I wouldn't doubt it cause it was in the south also….

  5. Olden Mann says:

    amazing to me that she used Orpah's TV program to voice this. Something tells me she was setup. Why not Letterman, or Leno for that matter.

  6. Izaak Boyd says:

    Look at many of you people. Your so high and mighty! You act like you were there and know what really happened. The only thing I see are liberal leaders and the MSM taking advantage and using black culture and driving it off a cliff with moronic gangsta culture. I recorded with the last Motown band in the 80's. Every one black and white used to get along. The percentage of black youth graduating from school was at an all time high. The media hadn't exploited the race issue for ratings and the almighty dollar as much yet. MLK was a conservative and he would be shamed of the corrupt dealings in the White House. Once the Left took over the civil rights movement progress slowed. With failed policies from the banking puppet in the White House expect a scorched Earth agenda from the Left this fall. They will push class and racial warfare to the extreme to distract from the plundering of our nation by the banks. On the other hand, FBI stats reveal that black one white crime is 18 times more common than white on black. BUT! I see the self victimization rules here though. Wake Up! Bankers don't care what race of people they rip off. As long as we are all distracted with hating each other. They will divide and conquer.

  7. "Her African American former teammates will answer this serious accusation. (1st statement untruth, she was not the only African American gymnast training in the gym)".
    I'm not getting this? The statement says her former AA teamates would answer? Does that not imply she was not the only AA gymnast training in the gym?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Being a person of color it does happen a lot. When its said and done . Everyone has a friend or buddy that's another race.


  10. Gabby was treated awful by her original team through her starting career well into her junior career she only became wanted during her senior career because people wanted to use her for her abilities I bet those racist accusations were true Gabby was treated like I was at school as a product of biracial parents I was also called names elephant nose elephant feet stupid halfy I had huge tight bouncy curly hair and I hated going to that school I was one of the few if only biracial students their the white kids treated me awful beat me up spit at me attacked me but eventually I found out I had my own talent like Gabby stepping I joined the school step team after the team captain saw how good I was so there I was on the schools all African American step team and one fair toned biracial kid as I lightened over the years the team accepted me as one of there own and I even helped us when regionals and place nationals I would soon be up for team captain as the original captain had graduated and appointed me in her place however I had obligation to move to Kenya as my closest extended family member had just passed so that was the end of me on the step team however I helped the team win 5 gold trophies and I'm proud of that Gabby don't let know one get you down please continue to excel your my inspiration because you accomplished your dream and I plan to accomplish mine one day

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