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Gabby Douglas tells Oprah Winfrey of bullying, racism [Video]

August 27, 2012|By Chuck Schilken

"She said, 'I'd rather quit. If I can't move and train and get another coach, I'd rather quit the sport' " Hawkins said.

Douglas said some of the bullying was racial in nature, describing one incident involving the scraping of the bars in the gym. "They're like, 'Why doesn't Gabby do it? She's our slave."

She added: ""I definitely felt isolated. I felt, 'Why am I deserving this? Is it because I'm black?' Those thoughts would go through my mind."

Of course, there were plenty of uplifting moments on the episode as well, including a fun segment with Douglas, her mother, siblings and grandfather.


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