Gabby Douglas' Oprah Interview Remarks Blasted: CEO of GYM Denies Bullying and Racist Treatment

The CEO of Virginia's Excalibur Gymnastics blasted comments made by Gabby Douglas in an interview with Oprah Winfrey aired Sunday on Oprah's Next Chapter.

In the interview with Oprah, Douglas opened up about being often bullied by her teammates at early gymnastics practice in Virginia. She admitted that at the age of 14, she felt lonely at times for being treated different from others.

"Gabby's remarks were hurtful and without merit," Excalibur Gymnastics CEO Gustavo Maure said in a statement to E! News. "We are good people. We never were knowingly involved in any type of bullying or racist treatment, like she is accusing Excalibur," he added.

Maure also said that Douglas gave a false statement because she was not the only African American gymnast training in the gym.

Douglas recalled an ocassion at the Virginia gym when another gymnast called her a "slave."

"One of my teammates was like, 'Could you scrape the bar?'" she remembered. "And they were like, 'Why doesn't Gabby do it, she's our slave?'"

Douglas said "I was the only African American at the gym."

"I definitely felt isolated. I felt, why am I deserving this? Is it because I'm black? Like, those thoughts would go through my mind," she said. "I felt I was being bullied and isolated from the group...Just, they treated me, not how they would treat their other teammates."

Douglas' mother Natalie Hawkins, who also was in the interview, said that her daughter almost quit the sport as a consequence of the bullying.

That's when they decided to move to Iowa to train with a new coach.

Oprah and Douglas also touched on the "hair" issue.

Gabby Douglas' hair hit the headlines following her gold medal victory in the individual and team all-around competition. It was reported that the criticism came from African American women who complained she didn't represent their group at its best.

"You know why it sickens me? We're [African Americans] the only ones who would care to notice, because the whole world is looking at your athletic prowess, and there are a few naysayers - haters - who are on talking about your hair."

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