Gaby Douglas Michael Phelps

20-year-old Gabby Douglas had hopes of reclaiming some of her former glory as the darling of the 2012 Olympics. She was hurt by all the taunting on social media about her hair and her sour attitude.

“It doesn’t really feel good. It was a little bit hurtful,” Douglas told reporters on Sunday.

“When they talk about my hair or me not putting my hand on my heart of me being very salty in the stands, they’re really criticizing me,” Douglas added.

But many observers had no sympathy for Douglas. She should not have been allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics in the first place.

There was a time, not too long ago, when Douglas, swimmer Michael Phelps, and other professionals would not have been allowed to compete in the Olympic games.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that NBC’s coverage of the Rio games suffered the worst TV ratings of the modern Olympic games.

There was a time when Douglas and Phelps would have been banned from returning to compete with amateurs who don’t have the benefit of millions of dollars in sponsorships.

I’m old enough to remember when the Olympics was only for amateurs. We loved rooting for young athletes like Sugar Ray Leonard who won gold in the 1976 Olympics before turning pro.

He wasn’t allowed to return to box with amateurs in the 1980 Olympic games after he went pro.

As CNN noted, “The Olympics were supposed to be about love of sport, not love of money.”

In fact, the Olympics went downhill after professionals were allowed to shove aside amateur athletes and take their spots to stroke their egos.

Take for example Michael Phelps, who won 23 gold medals in 4 Olympic games.

How many gold medals does he need?

Think of the deserving amateur athletes who worked hard for a spot on the U.S. swim team, only to lose their spot to Phelps. How selfish of him.

Gaby Douglas Michael Phelps

It was bittersweet irony when Phelps lost the Men’s 100m butterfly to Singapore’s Joseph Schooling, who was only 13 when he met his idol.

Many agree that the Olympics should return to banning professionals from competition.

This would eliminate egotists like Phelps from winning gold medals that should go to youngsters from the inner cities of America and third world countries.

“The Olympics should be all amateur athletes,” said Cy Thompson, a pro golfer from Oxford, “it is a little disappointing that all of the world’s best are not going to be there.”

Randy Hodsdon, director of rules and competitions for the Maine State Golf Association, added: “The Olympic Games are not pro sports… “I’m not for pros in basketball — not in golf or whatever sport. In the end, I’m not really for it.”

I’m not either, Randy.



  • MissHarlem

    Whoever has my gif please do me a solid

  • LibraGirlonly

    Gabby don’t worry about the negativity. You are at the Olympics while they are at home sitting on their arse.

  • Panther Charleston

    Wow. I had no idea this is how it was SUPPOSED to operate.

  • Libra80sBaby

    IDK how I feel about this. Lemme think about it and come back later.

  • Yoni

    Why fo come not?

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    Black twitter should be ashamed that their biggest concern is someone’s ‘edges’. Grow up and stop living up to stereotypes of being ‘ghetto’.

    I love you Ms. Rose but leave my 2nd boo, Phelps, alone. (Usain is my main).

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    ??Gabby!?

    Forget folks! Yourah RockStahh ??????

  • Karma WhO

    welll. my take is that their agents should have advised them not to compete…however i dont think they would have been half as intersting without Michael Phelps..sorry he’s aquaman..i get excited when i see him! as far as gabby..i simply think she got out shinned..simone worked damn hard for the recognition she received..i feel if gabby were having the same issue as phelp, where she won too many victories opposed to almost none that she actually received, she wouldnt be so upset.. she just simply got beaten by a rookie..

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Ion got one but here
    *throws up the bird*
    (Both hands)
    ?

  • Victorious82

    So that means the Williams sisters shouldn’t have been there either?

  • Ebbie U.

    Oh well, she’s here and he is also and people will deal.

  • NegroDamus

    Cry me a river, they sew mad that the US is dominant as hell, and the Olympics serves as stark reminder of it tew.

  • nucynu25

    I HATE WITH A PASSION the way ppl hve treated Gabby. I am not in to sports so I hve no comments abt who should & shouldn’t be at the games. My only concern is that we are our own worst enemies. To drag a child while they out here making history bc of some damn edges ..sickening. This is why I always hated when ppl would drag Blue for her natural hair. Grown ass ppl just being pure miserable & mean.

  • Jessy

    Cause it’s not! I mean, times have changed. Have you seen the video of gymnastics at the Olympics in the 50’s? I saw it yesterday and cracked up. We’ve also moved past that. If “amateurs” we’re competing it might look something like that.

  • mainey

    This is implying that an amateur couldn’t beat a pro which simply isn’t true. Can you go pro in diving? Man up, bring your A game.

  • nucynu25

    Not just the Us ..WE dominant as hell …

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    How mannie gold metals does someone need is like us asking how mannie hits your Blawg needs ???

    As mannie metals as someone wants… Ain’t nobody’s business.

    We’re not out there jumping around/back stroking ??

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Go Gabby, go Gabby, go Gabby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *middle fingas to anyone who wants her to fail or talk shyt about her hair*

  • Karma WhO

    lol pretty much! i think it was better the way it was tho..some underdogs still did their thing tho!

  • nucynu25

    okayyy…

  • That’s Interesting

    I love Gabby! How is she supposed to feel??? She is a competitor. She helped the team win the gold, so what else do they want from her??? She looks no more salty than they were looking when she was the star four years ago. I have absolutely nothing for Michael Phelps.

  • Jessy

    No, Gabby shouldn’t have been allowed to compete because she didn’t quite earn the spot. I know WHY they chose her for the team tho. They probably didn’t want to embarrass her (and it was good publicity for Team USA) but it backfired in a way.

    This made me cry for her. I hate she is hurting so bad and also that someone didn’t pull her out of there to go somewhere to let it out in private. If she works hard I truly believe she can have another shot for redemption-win wise. We still love you regardless tho, Gabby!!

  • nucynu25

    Auntie why you didn’t bring up the sprite .. who said that maybe her skin should be painted blk so she could win some medals.. nah thats McDonalds fries salty

  • Go-Go Girlie

    A professional athlete is one who gets paid to perform their sport. Is Michael Phelps getting paid to swim anywhere? He may get big money in endorsements, but is he swimming profesisonally? And the US started allowing professional athletes to compere because other countries were already doing it.

  • LibraGirlonly

    She’s going to need more than painted skin lol. She needs that pedigree and you can’t paint that on.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Yeah I heard about that… What country??? ?
    Slovenia
    Slovakia
    Somethin IONO ??

  • nucynu25

    LMAO..SLOHO

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Yes!!!
    ?
    SloHo couldn’t bounce or jump high enough huh?!?! ?

    SloHo might get beat down when they touch down in their country ??? :kona:

  • NegroDamus

    Eggzackly…but I wish Gabby was a lil stronger tho. it kills me to see greatness being crushed by the weight of non talented, jealous, mean spirited, vile critiques….and those racist, as well as the self hating Negros throwing shots at her. As the saying goes, “never let them see you sweat.” Cuz iffen you do, they gone relent until that hairline crack, turns into a breached dam.

  • Rahab

    No mention of NBA players instead of NCAA for basketball.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    These bamas (not all but….) out here in Baltimore love them some Michael Phelps!

  • nucynu25

    INDEED… I know this has nothing to do with Bey but still I love the way she ignores the hate. She responds to absolutely nothing..rather right or wrong. I wish Gabb had ppl around to tell her exactly how to not gaf abt a hater.

  • nucynu25

    Would you like some snacks before you head to the kona ? lol

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Butt of course ???

  • mssangel

    Progression is good. All professionals were amateurs at one point. And if it hadnt been for the amateurs winning big then this story would make sense. But since the newbies are taking home golds then it’s all love. Go USA!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I’m out of the loop. Can someone tell me why people are mad at Gabby? What did she do to make people think she had an attitude?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I’m old enough to remember when the Olympics was only for amateurs. We loved rooting for young athletes like Sugar Ray Leonard who won gold in the 1976 Olympics before turning pro.

    He wasn’t allowed to return to box with amateurs in the 1980 Olympic games after he went pro.
    ^^^^^^^^^

    Well boo hoo hoo to Sugar Ray Leonard and his candy ass NOSE.

    Im old enough to remma the 90’s. And if my memory serves ME correct and it normally does when it comes to basketball…Basketball didnt admit PRO players until 1992 (The Dream Team) to Olympic play. And even then guess what? It was STILL, one amateur on the squad. So in essence, a FULL team of PRO players didnt happen until 1996-Atlanta. First time ALL pro athletes competed in THAT sport.

    So Stop making it seem like all of the sports had pro players after 1980. They didnt.

  • Brenda Dennis

    And the disgusting sandra piece a s…t rose doesn’t help.

  • That’s Interesting

    She had her face beat and she was distant, which is her prerogative.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Next time….I hope a black raises their fist and bows their fukkin head during the Olympics. FOMF

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Candy Ass
    ???

  • nucynu25

    I couldn’t read after candy ass nose …dead

  • That’s Interesting

    They’re doing her like they did the Williams sisters. Saying she’s powerful and strong, not technical and artistic, so that’s why she has the advantage. Which is not true at all.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Yes! Candy Ass ???

  • MsSincerity

    Gabby should’ve stayed her azz off of twitter or wherever. She should’ve been focused on competing and that’s it, but NO, she couldn’t resist picking up her phone. She knows the ignorance that’s out there so why even put yourself through that? Although there were people talking s – – t about her hair, I bet the amount of black people defending her, outnumbered the ones that were talking crap, which is probably what led to it getting more attention than it deserved. It would’ve been best just to ignore it and it would’ve past, instead of posting comments and videos which are retweeted, shared and reposted thousands of times, attracting even more attention.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Dont ever use a SELF admitted coke head as an example with MEH. Tuh

  • nucynu25

    ..always trying to find a way to dim our light.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    She tried :shrug:
    ???

  • harley_quinn2.0

    As CNN noted, “The Olympics were supposed to be about love of sport, not love of money.”

    ^^^^^^
    Eff you, pay me.

  • nucynu25

    & failed…

  • That’s Interesting

    Yep. But like Serena, she’s still the GOAT

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    CLEARLY She forgot who she’s got on Thee Payrolll ?????

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Is this a real post? Nevermind, I almost forgot what site I was on.

  • NegroDamus

    Right cuz even my ugg’lass gets a fair amount of hate and jealousy. It be this chink dude and some anorexic white chick at the yoga studio, always got some chit to say when the instructor has to help me with my form. She don’t really go out her way for anybody but me and this one lady..They hate that chit, and I’m just doing me learning.

    Now iffen I was weak minded, they’d get to me and keep it up till i quit the class…but they dont know the ish I been through, makes this situation only a granule of sand on my South Beach…Anybody else would left and cried thug tears in the car tho lmaoooo

  • nucynu25

    damn, I forgot am on a diet.. how abt a salad?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    NO
    ???

  • Incog-knee-gress

    “The Olympics were supposed to be about love of sport, not love of money.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    Laettner was drafted (draft is after the NBA playoffs. June) but had not played not ONE NBA game by the time the 1992 games happened.

    What fukkin money?

    If he got money…does the NCAA know about this here ish? What about Duke?

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Phelps mouth is gross. I feel like his morning breath alone would put you in a casket.

  • nucynu25

    Keep pushing boo..fuk em. This must be a sign I swear I was just thinking abt joining the gym but my schedule so crazy …ughhh

  • harley_quinn2.0

    We see these people once every four years. You think “the love of the sport” is going to keep a roof over their head and food on the table? FOH

  • Finding Forever…

    Gabby should’ve stayed her azz off of twitter or wherever.
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    YOU HIT IT RIGHT ON THE HEAD! I told my Mom her mental was probably thrown off…a lot. Just to think that someone is actually taking glory & pleasure from such…is just sad. I don’t have Twitter or instagram, but saw her Mom say she was being bullied. This ONE MOMENT & they couldn’t let the girl be. Then of course the media…she didn’t place her hand over heart during the anthem & she didn’t cheer for the others…just gunned for her one thing after the other.

  • darealwifey

    Funny how people only wanna enforce the “rules” when black people are involved. In other words, they tryin’ to tell her to stfu & be grateful for her lil’ crumbs she gettin. smh

  • puppylove

    Sounds like someone is salty about the US leadingin Medals. The reason why prodessionals were allowed in, is because many people would be professional athletes in a country other than their own, but because they were not professionals in their home country they were still allowed to compete in the olympics.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    IONO but I guess they are ???JelloMad because she’s doing something with her life, and they aren’t ? :shrug:

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Ok as long as it’s at least 4lbs ????

  • HugItOut

    Nothing to see here folks

  • Jen_n_juice

    Many agree that the Olympics should return to banning professionals from competition.
    ————-
    Please tell me the name of the professional swimming and gymnastics teams in U.S.?! I’ll wait. ….
    No one knew these fools before they started winning gold medals. So once they win gold they can’t come back to reclaim their title?

  • nucynu25

    Her edges not on fleek, she didn’t put her hand over her heart for a country that honestly doesn’t give a damn abt her & last but not least she alil blk girl living out her dreams..

  • Incog-knee-gress

    All the teams prior to 1996 games (ATL) was college players. 1992 games had one college player. Prior to that, all college players.

  • nucynu25

    lol

  • Jen_n_juice

    Take for example Michael Phelps, who won 23 gold medals in 4 Olympic games.

    How many gold medals does he need?
    —————
    How ever many he gets until someone beats him! Auntie why you and yo country hating cause USA taking all the golds

  • Incog-knee-gress

    How many gold medals does he need?
    ^^^^^^^^^
    All the ones the other countries sub-par asses give to him. Swim the best and you get a gold.

    He swam the best.

    23 times.

  • Melissaisasnob

    White people are dragging Gabby because her presence pushed out some white girl. It doesn’t matter why she is on the team, the coaches chose her and that’s that. If it was the other way around white people would be crying that the coaches know what they are doing. Even though there were only two black girls/women on the team (and they earned their spot), the team was too dark for white America. It’s those stupid racist people who feel so threatened by dark skin who need to stay off of social media.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Yessss

  • puppylove

    He didn’t win any medals in I believe 04. After that he was just beasting. He was retired until tge messed with him about that weed, now they mad.

  • nucynu25

    He should’ve been satisfied along time ago. Thats right kids when you get to a certain point in life just stop. :sarcasm:

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Enough is enough, right?
    ??

    ???

  • Jen_n_juice

    Melanin winning more gold for USA this year than they own. That’s all the hate is about

  • Buttercup

    Worried about the wrong thing.

  • SpillyNillie

    I thought the Olympics was a showcase for the world’s BEST…

  • NegroDamus

    Get in there, no need to wait for new years.

  • nucynu25

    Mfs always trying to take ALLL the glory..

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Always ???

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Hello!

  • LibraGirlonly

    I guess it’s hard for them to deal with knowing that they are not the best in sports. We will whip all of their arses if given the chance.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    She want Only the Good People to go represent ???

  • Incog-knee-gress

    He beasted out in Athens ’04. He got about 4-5 then too. He is great. They should leave him alone.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Man please to this whole write up. They are the best and people are mad. Get y’all weight and talent up and maybe, just maybe it can someday be you. Tuh.

  • Yoni

    *bams Olympic gold tables*

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    JelloMad??

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    *both fists*

  • nucynu25

    You are absolutely right..no excuses.

  • stanley

    Hmmmmm

  • SpillyNillie

    *zips lips*

  • Finding Forever…

    And to add insult to injury most don’t even have the sponsors like the Mega stars & have to find other means to make it. Saw a special & the promoting of brands that aren’t affiliated to the Olympics is not allowed. They can’t even discuss brands on THEIR social media during the Olympics. That IOC is something else.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    And. AND. Why Usain aint got his OWN DAMN POST right now? Hmm? Simones got one. He Jamaican but we will take him off the strength of he BLYKE. Usain post shoulda been the ONLY Olympics post today. Vs this non factual, nonsense.

  • NegroDamus

    Slob’nobbia

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    I disagree if you are able to compete then you should be there, aren’t they all professionals that’s how all of the participants made it, that’s what wrong with people they want to win easy and always crying , what if phelps didn’t show up doesn’t mean the crybaby would’ve won, what the crybabies should do is practice harder, work harder, condition themselves harder, get the best coach and try again, phelps, bikes, Douglas earned whatever prize they got good or bad.

  • Melissaisasnob

    There is only one appropriate response.

    Crybaby crybaby suck your mama’s titty.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Say this shit!!! Usain is the absolute shyt!!!!!!!!!!! Best in the damn world. #GoTeamJamaica

  • Hater

    Preach!

  • nucynu25

    BLOOP

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Welp. Here it goes.

    I, too, am old enough to remember when the U.S. would not allow professionals. The other countries were sending in their professionals for basketball, yet our pros could not compete. Then came the dream team and all was well in the land. In fact, did I read a post about the 2016 U.S. Olympic team on here? Could be. Could be not. Anywho, to say someone has won enough is like that woman on FB telling the young man he has enough blessings from the public and should not receive anything else…because SHE says so. Tell Usain to stop running. Tell Mike Johnson, Carl Lewis, Bob Beamon, Edwin C. Moses to sit they azz down because they tried too hard. Tell Dominique Dawes she flipped one too many Olympics (3). Tell Serena to sit her big, beautiful, bountiful, brown azz down…and her little tennis racquet too, because she has won enough titles and broken way too many records. Go ask Simone B. what da hayle was she thinking breaking records and waiting 3 years for the Olympics. She already knew she was the best in the world, right?! Tell all the athletes not to train as hard or go hide their talents because they need to let other folk win. That’s what wrong with kids now. They all get an award because they all need it to feel better. For what?! This is a competition, DAMMIT!

    I will say this and I’m not saying it’s right, but I understand. I thought about Phelps and his stumbles along the way. I thought about his weed usage. It wasn’t until yesterday while at work that someone else brought it up. You can say what you want. That boy smoked to his heart’s content…and STILL won. I don’t advocate smoke in any athlete’s lungs, but it is what it is. If and you tell it, tell it all. Phelps went the first time and didn’t get squat. He came back because he wanted to WIN!

    Nana nana Boo Boo ?

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Dead

  • SpillyNillie

    His meme’s had me dyyyiiinnngggg!!!!

  • nucynu25

    And I bet he got that hammer..

  • Pebbles

    Gabby stop reading the blogs , Twitter , Instagram. You make enough coins to hire someone to read & any negativity block em..

  • AG

    What about the 40+ gymnast? Why is she still competing?

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    I’m crying. He is way too cocky (no pun) not to. Lol.

  • nucynu25

    LOL

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    Gabby Douglas has a sour attitude?!. Chile, cheese. All this Morton’s and all this Lawry’s, and you’re still so damn salty, Sandra. I know your blood pressure is high enough to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment.

  • SpillyNillie

    Exactly…chile is in a category of her own…forget these sour apple bitter…

  • Pebbles

    Gabby & Simone are the best that’s why they’re out front the most… The others are on the bench waiting for an opportunity…

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    Bars!!! “Usain my main/Phelps my boo thang…”

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    I freaking hollered at ” I know your blood pressure is high enough to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment”

  • SpillyNillie

    Based on the length of his legs…pretty murch…

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Chile I was too busy writing my thesis to see this. ???

    I just said this about basketball.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    *bobs head* sour apple bitter bytches, I’m not flucking wit em!!!

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Maaaan look. I was ready to go in on him too. That was going to be chapter 4.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    I must also add that the Jeffersons’ deeee-luxe apartment in the sky was NOT in Heaven. Heaven is NOT in the sky, per a thorn. Folks called themselves correcting me when I never said a motherfucking thing about a sky, but o to the k.

  • Finding Forever…

    Soooo proud of the FEMALE AFRICAN-AMERICANS, GREAT JOB…SIMONE MANUEL, SIMONE BILES & GABBY DOUGLAS! I Hope Kevin & Carmelo collect as well with Baltimore/DC ties. I screamed for ya Justin to get that gold, but job well done…you almost had him…almost (in my Smokey voice). Wellll as a Marylander I couldn’t be more proud…well happy of Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps with five apiece, Allison Schmitt with two, and Cierra Runge, Jack Conger, and Chase Kalisz each with one. Gold medals I might add.

  • nucynu25

    GIRLLL…I hope he slow it down in sheets tho. He jack rabbiting the soul out bishes lol

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Shoulda been a track and field post of ALL the blacks who got a medal. I told you the other night, the country women sharing that Jamaican flag on their victory lap brung tears to my eyes. One got gold, one got bronze. But they shared that flag. Americans never would share SHAT. Be like bish go getcho OWN flag. She went right on over to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and was like bish I got gold, but we part of the same place…we part of the same time. We outchea together! Crap like THAT is why I eem fux with the Olympics. The hard way.

  • LibraGirlonly

    well then!! That’s too much like right.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Riding round in the range. Sometimes I let em pull a train. #Bars #JustJokes #NoTrainsPlease #UnlessYouIntoThat

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Dead as hell.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    I read this in Shenellica Bettencourt’s voice.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    I’ve never not rooted for him!

    He ours JUST BECAUSE WE SAY SO! *foot stamps running track*

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Oh SHE tried it!

    ~love you @Sandrarose ?~

    Signed,

    Rose Kissazz

  • SpillyNillie

    I wouldn’t want it…not about to realign my pelvis…

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    I don’t consider a 3-some with 2 eggplants a train. I consider it future goals like a mf. I’m late achieving that goal.

  • MissyJ

    Medalists get money. 25K for gold 15K for silver and 10K for bronze… Or she could be talking about the sponsorships, ad dollars, and merchandising for the Olympic committee and networks

  • Incog-knee-gress

    You know durn well I am riding for basketball…til that Lady de Guadalupe casket formerly at Walmart drops sis.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Can I tell you I sang the “we part of the same place. We part of the same time” Man you have got to love that Jamaican brotherhood and spirt. That was beautiful. And you are so right. The American ain’t NEVER doing some shyt like that. No one wants to share the shine. A shame.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    That had me smiling so hard. I thought that was a sweet gesture.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    You didn’t make enough to cover the rent?
    Fugg yew pay Meee

    And when all else fails, burn that mofo down

    ??Goodfellas??

  • ladyinmylife

    Simone Biles better take note beause they will be coming for her in 1…2…3

  • nucynu25

    lmao..girl a baby comes from your womb .. a bbd would even make a dent…

  • Alicia.Ashe

    If they are the best and keep qualifying, why would they want to sit out off the Olympics? Didn’t watch anyway only skimmed through the highlights. I wanted to watch the fencing portion but didn’t see it on the schedule.

  • Buttercup

    but we part of the same place…we part of the same time
    ===========
    Goodness, I love you.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Chile…this was damn near Cula Munay ???

  • SpillyNillie

    While the American women talking about edges and shit…smh…

  • gellie

    Exactly. All these girls work really really hard for a short window of opportunity. Gabby got back, and didn’t perform as well as she hoped she would. She was disappointed. And you know what?? That’s okay. It doesn’t make her a bad sport or a hater because she’s bummed that she fell short. I’m just thoroughly annoyed with people.

  • Boonella

    I saw some fencing on Saturday morning, but none after that.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Justin who? Was that the guy running against Usain? Because baby! NOT ONE SOUL was gonna out run him. Sorry, not sorry. It’s not gonna happen. Only way it’s gonna happen is if Usain never comes back to the olympics.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    THIS! Worried about the wrong stuff. Can’t focus on what’s important.

  • nucynu25

    😉

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    1) this is true. 2) Yes, you can. 3) Go big or stay on the porch.

  • SweetsJunkie

    I asked for prayers yesterday from you guys for Baton Rouge as we deal with what’s being dubbed as “The
    Great Flood of 2016” and Philly Facts suggested that I start a Go Fund Me Campaign. My response is below. I am just amazed to see that someone that doesn’t know me wanted to help out and actually did. I always knew the Rose Garden is where you come when you’re bored at work and trying to pass time, when you need laughs, advice or just someone to talk to, never imagined the generosity, kindness and compassion that was just showed. Thanks again Philly Facts, forever grateful.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    She shouldn’t have been on the team.

    It didn’t end well for her anyway since Simone Biles received all of the attention and gold medals.

    Gabby should have retired after not making the team this time and refused her place on the team when the Hispanic chick earned it.

  • gellie

    You’re right. All the other countries BEEN doing it, using their pros. Basketball is the biggest example of that. We were one of the last countries to start using our pro players in the Olympics.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    Sugar:

    These hos out here worried about someone else’s edges while not having walls. Walls looking like Brooklyn in the 80’s – completely defaced.

    *Usher voice* The devil is a liiiiieeeee.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    YONI! Is it you? How did you get rid of the little “y” and come back in the big “y” ?

    Hmmmm?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    That was a quote from the story. In the context of the story, they were talking about money from endorsements. He was a newly drafted collegiate athlete in Summer 1992. During the Olympic team selection he had not even been drafted. He had zero endorsements when he competed in 1992 games. In fact, that is why he was chosen over Shaquille O’ Neal (number one draft pick) and Alonzo Mourning (number 2) to compete in the games. They also got drafted in 1992. They had endorsements. He did not.

  • nucynu25

    how far down? Whats the link? Ive been here before so def willing to help. I hope you stay safe & warm. I know its tough but push..

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ???

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    God bless you.

  • SpillyNillie

    It irks my soul! STFU and hang your head high and have some damn pride. Relish in this beautiful black moment, Lord knows we need it. But naw, ya retarded asses want to bash the poor girl about her hair, OF ALL THINGS. When you know! Yo shit just as rough under that wig or weave!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Yessss ???

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I’m too tired from typing to see what year he didn’t win. Had to be the first year when he was 17, no? 2004? I KNOW you can find it. ?

  • Finding Forever…

    Second place…wellll first place loser, according to my nephews. He tried to dip that head & neck, but nope didn’t work. Jamaica OWNS the track…clearly.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Actually, Simone B. is pro. I believe she went earlier this year, if not last year.

    I get what you’re saying. ?

  • nucynu25

    LOL..edges just invisible huh ?

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    I don’t know if y’all talked about this or not and if so then sorry. But y’all hear about Donnie McClurklin having a girlfriend and supposedly getting married? I thought he liked boys? No?

  • nucynu25

    He delivert..

  • Incog-knee-gress

    2000 games. Sydney.

  • SweetsJunkie

    In the little blue box that says, view. Directly under the word “grateful.”

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    And Some US boxer just won something ??
    ^^^
    ALL the fact I got ?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    THANK YOU ?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I love them totally for their love of what they call their fellow countrymen and women. They are beyond awesome for that.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    *pokes chest out and smiles real big, but not showing my back teeth* yes. Yes the Jamaicans do!!! Now if we could just get that bobsled thing down, we would be all that lmao.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Used tew ???

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ???

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    Side bar: Not to clock anyone’s ovaries, but I didnt know Tika Sumpter was pregnant…I mean PREGNANT like she is due any day…PREGNANT. I am horribly late on this news.

    http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2016/08/15/Tika-Sumpter-pregnant-with-first-child/6131471273043/

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Sigh. I need help. I read this in my 2Chainz voice.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    We aint but I had heard on Rickey Smiley this morning.

    If Tyler can, Donnie can too. Gone head and getchu a wife…boi.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Yeah ok. If he says so.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Once upon a time but not no more. However that works ?. But yeah he engaged.

  • IAmLegend

    Let’s not forget Venus Williams. She picked up her 5th Olympic medal yesterday making her the most decorated tennis Olympian of all time.

  • nucynu25

    Who the pappi?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I read a white guy.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Child I guess. God Bless her

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Awww???

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    apparently a hubby I even know she had…I was hoping he wasn’t “ofay” but I see below- he is…Le sigh.

  • Prettybootnikki

    Would you happen to know if Ricky smiley has a website to listen to his old shows?? I would love to hear his play backs. I don’t listen to him and don’t even know what time he comes on. So I was wondering if he have any play backs on the internet some where.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    smh… oh welp. God bless ah!

  • nucynu25

    I don’t see it..

  • Buttercup

    He likes womenz, womenz, womenz!

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Lol

  • MyNameIs

    I sat here for a couple of minutes trying to figure out what you were trying to say. Are you saying they should only compete once because they have experience? So should every basketball team that won a championship (any other sport actually) already sit out and let the other teams have a chance? I’m so confused. We can’t just say congratulations?

  • nucynu25

    lol

  • Incog-knee-gress

    She was pissed the entire hell OWF about being linked to Jason Derulo not even 3-4 months ago. She was on the radio. I wanna say RSMS. This would explain why.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Hmm Im not sure. I love his show. I think some are on Youtube if I am not mistaken

  • Prettybootnikki

    Ok thanks. I will do a search for him on u tube.

  • MyNameIs

    I’m still not getting the reason why they shouldn’t compete. I’m not being funny either, I need it explained. Is this only as far as the Olympics are concerned?

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    i see a lot of pictures with him also.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    I so enjoyed my IG feed when that tidbit dropped.?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    If Dwight “I wear mink pants in the summer with my chisled nose” from RHOA can be married, so can Pastor Donnie. He said he is still fighting those urges and demons, but he is past what he was.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Yes. Yes I sure did.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    I’m trying to see if this is the 2nd baby or the first. and she has been married since 2010. His name is Isaiah. Last time I heard a white guy that had that name he was a Quaker/Amish. uh-boy.

  • rayne215

    Lol at this write up.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Dwight is married? To a woman??

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Wait. What fool married Dwight?! Smh. And he is still WHAT?! Fighting with urges and demons?! So he still likes men on the low?! See naw…..

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Baybee

  • Finding Forever…

    I didn’t know she was that far gone, but she was at an AKA event a few months back & saw it. Talk about flying under the radar. What goes on in her house…that’s where it stays, LOL.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Right. What super desperate woman did that mess?!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    *places $4 invoice under your door*

    ?

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    A biological woman or a build-a-woman?

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    Ooooo! omg! LOL

  • That’s Interesting

    Exactly!

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Waits on answer

  • nucynu25

    Just selfish…

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    We have discussed this on this very blog and been petty and argued about it for many seasons. ?

    ?

  • JennyJazzhands

    This year nor in 2012, I have yet to see one comment or article criticizing her hair. Only people defending her against criticism that seems to be a mystery.

  • Finding Forever…

    I’ll let my boo celebrate the neewwwss…

  • i troll it like i see it

    I had a mentally shackled black man tell me that I shouldn’t have gone natural because I don’t have “good hair.” I can’t believe have dumb folks are still.

  • AnonymousRose

    Came in on the right, read write -up, exits to the left

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    trump mad at the NYT ???

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    lolol…right, now if only some other celebs would follow in those footsteps…(see for posts-haha. but there wouldn’t be any tea!)

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    I know. I know. But I did not know he was still talking that same mess. I don’t really pay him any attention.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Typical Hogwash 😀

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Oh and Kevin Hart and his gf got married. She looked nice ?? I’m not sure I like her but congrats and God Bless.

  • nucynu25

    Sad case but I would’ve read his blk ass for filth. I couldn’t agree more with your words tho “mentally shackled” free from the physical chains but mentally locked down.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    On People it says second baby. But when You click on the story, headline just says she is having a girl.

    Far as her dude, or hubby I had read a yt boy in someone comments section.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Y’all too ugly. You and Keya! You know he got a real birthed woman…I think. ?

    She LOOKS real. Iono.

    Now THAT’S a dayum shame we have to have conversations like this. Is she real or not. Life has come to THIS?! ???

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Ehhh, her dress looked like a lace bustier with a white skirt. It was…interesting. But they looked like they had a nice wedding. Congrats to them.

  • JennyJazzhands

    I noticed that in most of the promotional pictures gabby is in the back and barely in the frame. In 2012 she was front and center. That has to sting.

  • MzFutureLCSW

    @sandrarose I agree. You make a good point. After they win GOLD, they are professional. The sponsorship seals the deal.
    “This would eliminate egotists like Phelps from winning gold medals that should go to youngsters from the inner cities of America and third world countries.” THIS STATEMENT IS A BIT MUCH.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    …thought I’d found him, but it was a picture of Christian Slater. I know she is not that crazy 🙂

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    We are not ugly!!! We just….a little petty is all. But you know what we are saying is what you are thinking.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Yes. This is life. Especially when we are having this conversation on a blog that has taught us about unclockables. So yeah, it was a valid question. But thank you for trying to keep my petty to a minimum.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ??? Y’all got me CRINE

  • nucynu25

    One of her dresses was really pretty.. maybe she changed.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    *walls. Their pink cookies in a plastic bag were crushed by skyscrapers long before LL rapped about it.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    True but I was trying to tuck my petty. I did not like her reception dress either. I’m not for see through wedding dresses. Sorry.

  • MzFutureLCSW

    I disagree. Everyone has a right to voice their opinion on “sportsmanship”. However, what I noticed, is that the memes seem to be the same old ones from her first Olympics, recycled.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    HAHAHAHAHA ???

    IT’S THE GAHDEN VALUED ROSE WAY!!!

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Me and you are HERE! I personally like my lingerie under my clothes. I was expecting something different, but if she liked it, I love it.

  • Finding Forever…

    The reception was a looot better to me too.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Mind you, one of the third world countries has several golds. #TeamJamaica so…..

  • nucynu25

    lol I thought that was cute..I hated the wedding one, it looked cheap even tho it probably cost my salary.

  • nucynu25

    Yep, I loved that one.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Don’t you hate that. When folks spend what you know is a lot of money, but it looks like they bought it at Macy’s. Or not even.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Don’t get me wrong. The dress was cute but it’s not my style for weddings. With kids and stuff. IMO. That first dress….smh. But she was cute. Good for her. What does she do again?

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    All of this

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Or Ross :kona:

  • Luvn_it

    Well this is Phelps last Olympics he announced his retirement. So you don’t have to worry about him winning anymore gold medals and giving someone else a chance to.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Or IG :kona:

  • nucynu25

    I wasn’t saying any one shouldn’t voice their opinion but I wasn’t giving mine bc I truly do not pay attention to sports and her edges hve nothing to do with the sport.

  • Buttercup

    Keya, I was channeling you all weekend. Lil Butter kept saying what he didn’t want to do or what he wasn’t in the mood for. I had to let him know that he will do whatever I said, and he would deal.

  • nucynu25

    lmao..your petty came undone…

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    I tried so hard. I really did. But can y’all tell me what she does?

  • nucynu25

    lmao..shes his rib , that’s all I know.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Ok!! Dag on kids. Ju was in a mood too. Smh. Last I checked I am the momma at my house. Tuh

  • Finding Forever…

    Boy…when Ryan Lochte said he’d be Michael Phelps, if there was no Michael Phelps…I laughed so damn hard. Fool said ain’t no point in frontin’. Then went & got his a$$ jacked. Does he NOT know how a robbery works? Talkin’ bout some damn no to giving up his moola, until the gun was drawn & in his FACE. What in the HELL made him dye his gray? Now the damn ISH look baby blue or a soft gangrene green, LOL. He’ll be a member of my little pony before it’s all said & done.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    She wore more than one wedding dress? ?

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Oohhhh ok. That must pay very well. ????

  • the guest

    Can’t stand when folks criticize black women’s edges. Why sisters have to be perfect all the time. My goodness, the girl is working out competing at the Olympics, can’t she have a break.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Three outfit changes, per the pictures on IG.

  • Buttercup

    Awww. I’m sure Ju gets a pass. She’s just too precious not to!

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Three? I only saw 2. Oh, well. I don’t care enough to go find them.

  • Luvn_it

    What’s new? He stays in his feelings.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    My little who?! I’m crying. Lmao. Bye Ryan. I need for him to want to be himself. Stupid.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    The last one looked like a jumpsuit. Child whatever.

  • MissyJ

    So read your comment in my head as lin ger ree… I’m not sure what that says about me or what I think about you. ROFL

  • Buttercup

    There’s nothing wrong with being a brony. LOL

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Uhh no. She does not. Especially when her little butt is telling me crap like ” no mommy, Godddddd”

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Ha! I said it that way when I typed it, so we’re both silly!

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Self hating blacks make my butt itch.

  • nucynu25

    You know how narcissists do Aunite..

  • MissyJ

    ahh ok

  • Finding Forever…

    Right. When standing out goes WRONG, LOL.

  • nucynu25

    :kona:

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Look at you. Using that SR Shade University knowledge. LOL!

  • nucynu25

    Exaclty , she was not at a fashion show

  • SpiceGirl

    I’ll say it again….they need to re write that one saying….STICKS AND STONES….guess what…names do hurt! Good job Gab. Folks will ALWAYS hate! Keep up the good work hun

  • Yoni

    I guessed at the old password, I’m assuming. It’s me, tho’.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    Preach. These young women are exceptional athletes and overall individuals. It is petty as hell to worry about what someone’s hair looks like when they’re competing.

  • Full Monty

    Of course she has a sour attitude with all those stupid people making fun of her and her hair. smh

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Oh, no. She got ripped…THOROUGHLY…FOR HER HAIR!

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    It’s supposed to be blinged. He forgot his platinum grill with the sparklers at home. So he did the next best thing…he dyed his hair…in remembrance. His hair turned aquamarine after being in that algae tainted pool that everyone is peeing in.

  • God is working on me!

    Exactly, this is trash. Usain competed again and won again but was not named in this list. Competing against the best is the best competition.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    You said Rose’s? Gabriel Bros.? Rent a Center? It floored me to learn you could rent a wedding set. Really?!

  • nucynu25

    Pet peeve ..all that money to look like nothing ..

  • i troll it like i see it

    It really did change the way I viewed him…

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Okay?! ???

  • Zizzle

    Love the Gabster.

  • barbeez

    I think Phelps needs to hang it up. There was a 41 year old woman in gymnastics..competing in her 7th Olympics. She was still good but not a top competitor. She took somebody youngers spot. Gabby was not good enough to be on this particular US gymnastic team. Her style is flowery and pretty. This was a team of strong tumblers who blew her out of the water. The only event she qualified for was the uneven bars and she took 7th out of 8 places. I think the 8th person fell off the bars but her routine was more difficult than Gabbys. She let the negative publicity get to her and she really does not car for Simone. I’m not sure if its jealousy or maybe Gabby was disappointed in her performance. I’m pretty sure her competitive career is over and it’s time to move on with her life. She’s got three gold medals which is fantastic.

  • barbeez

    The Williams sisters got beat a few times…separately and together. I love them but it’s about time for them to sit down as well. They’re 34 and 36. Venus is already moving like an old woman. She’s got her money and she’s over it.

  • barbeez

    The Olympics is about being the best of the best. Gabby just wasn’t the best in this go-round. It is Simone’s time to shine. All of the girls on the team were excellent in their particular event. Gabby is young and sometimes you have to lose gracefully.

  • Fabulousbrownme

    I wasn’t ready for that gif ??

  • Buttercup

    :ghost: She didn’t use the LordT’s name in vain. She would still get a pass from me.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Anyways …a nugget about Mike Phelps…. Have a huge respect for him… He came to work with daughters swim team last year…. Black kids predominantly… Right there on Cleveland Avenue….. This guy is down to earth love all kids that swim and is an excellent example…. Especially showing kids the value in swimming…. I haven’t been following the Olympics…. But Phelps is folks….. Gabby is also an inspiration along with many other athletes… But I will speak on Mike….. Very good guy imo?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Bet you won’t tell Serena to hang it up ????

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    She doing something right…..there are way more that love her than the naysayers …. Fugg folks and fly above ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Self hating period …. Chile ???? hey Zoe

  • VM

    Simone pull up game skrong, she’s won 3 back to back world titles leading up to the Olympics. She’s going to be the Michael Jordan of gymnastics.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile how that sounds ????? lawd… When folks win they want them to stop winning LMAO??

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Are you serious?!

  • Sucker Free

    Its ridiculous…our hair not gonna be silky straight…especially when working out…these couch potatoes kill me

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    He likes her and that’s what matter …. They looked great…..

  • VM

    She didn’t make the top 3 in the individual uneven bars. I was saddened by that.

  • JennyJazzhands

    Where though? Who’s saying all of this?

  • Karma WhO

    im guessing it is..but somewhere between the 1990’s and now apparently they CAN compete..a co worker was saying she also thinks its unfair that they compete once their champions with endorsements..i just still dont understand why ..underdogs ALWAYS defeat olympic standouts, i.e Simone and Gabby..even Phelps lost to someone last night..its definitely possible!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Folks like what they like… Y’all might think my dress is cheap…. Aye that bytch was 1800…. On your wedding day your dress is what you as the bride like…..her dress is what she thought was beautiful…. Shid and I have another dress as well…

  • VM

    I hear you, I was following her storyline prior to the Olympics and it was other gymnasts who out performed her for that spot. If we go based off performance leading up to selection, she wouldn’t be there.

  • MzFutureLCSW

    Her edges do not. That is why I did not mention them.
    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

  • Karma WhO

    i can believe it..the lil shrimp is POWERFUL! i felt bad when she fell off the beam last night but its all good still a champ!

  • Glorious Sun

    Are they professional because other than a life guard, I see no place where you can get a job that you have to put in 40 hrs a week to get paid from. Also with gymnast; where is a 40 hr a week job being a gymnast?? I need answers

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    As I said on Twitter when a follower asked me for my opinion of Simone, she is terrible on the balance beam. It’s called “balance” beam for a reason. It is the most difficult apparatus in gymnastics. Mastering the beam takes great skill, which Simone does not have. That’s why she is not the greatest of all time. Nadia Comaneci and Olga Korbut are still the GOATs.

  • Karma WhO

    Agreed! ive seen her on the balance beam multiple times and she is never steady, her landings are always off! Love her as an athlete, i think she will go very far, but as for any lesson in life, there will always be MORE to learn!

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Talking about Gabbys hair is ridiculous though! All the black athletes that are female seem challenged in that area. I remember they gave Serena and Venus a hard time when they started…. If Gabby has a bad attitude talk about that…..Michael has 23 WOW… Well he is retiring so 23 must be enough!

  • Li

    Hmm…. Phelps and Douglas considered pros? Are they pros because they won the gold before or because they are competing as pros in other competitions? * confused I

  • Li

    The basketballers are pros. They’re millionaires. I don’t understand the difference?
    What is Usain Bolt? Seems he would be a pro.

  • Scorpio

    I have to admit it does seem like its being greedy to keep winning over and over. And the athletes don’t even seem truly overjoyed that they won after the 1st, 2nd ,3rd wins. Phelps comes off as not having anything else to do. The Olympics have lost something, the appeal they once had, especially in the 80s.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    He is a pro. Anyone who is paid money or perks for the their athletic skills is considered a professional. The Olympics banned professional athletes back in the day because they had an unfair financial advantage over amateur athletes who are often poor.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I don’t know why this is difficult to understand. College athletes can’t take money from anyone because they would be disqualified from playing college sports.
    It was the same with the Olympics. Anyone who is paid money or perks for the their athletic skills is considered a professional. The Olympics banned professional athletes back in the day because they had an unfair financial advantage over amateur athletes.

  • Mara Jones

    SO I GUESS THERE WOULD BE NO BASKETBALL TEAM

  • KB

    I had to Google the origins because I truly didn’t know. “The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination or any kind, in a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” The Olympic Movement is also defined by numerous activities in which it engages. It seems, Sandra is definitely not the only one that feels the true vision of the Olympics have taken a corrupted spin as time progressed.

    “The current practice of the Olympic Games was reinvented by Pierre de Coubertin about two centuries ago. However, they have completely been changed from the original form. Money and nationalism are responsible for this transformation; some people lament it as corruption. Coubertin articulated the spirit of the Olympic Games as “Participation is more important than winning, and not triumph but struggle.” The manifestation of such idealism emerges from time to time even during the present-day Olympics. An example: the Jamaican bobsled team in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games. But such is rare because the Olympics is all about winning, so money talks.”
    http://lethbridgeherald.com/commentary/letters-to-the-editor/2016/08/10/the-original-olympic-vision/

    Now that I understand, I think you are right Sandra.

  • https://www.instagram.com/blacklovevideos Black Love

    Sandy, you do know that there is no money to be made in swimming or gymnastics right? Therefore they never actually have the opportunity to be professionals. The ban on professionals never effected those sports at the Olympics.

  • Jessy

    Agreed. It sucks because I get why they chose her. I mean, we all would’ve been sad if they hadn’t.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    I’m not going to lie; I was a little disappointing that she put a relaxer in her hair and then had to deal with sweating it out… she ruined her hair for nothing. I’m sad this was a topic and took away from her talent. She still walked away with some gold medals so, she shouldn’t feel the least bit bad. People will find something to say about you no matter what.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    And she had every right to be bitter that she couldn’t do the floor competition due to the two per country rule. Those other bishes looked crazy on their routines. The American chicks killed it. She would have easily took home silver or bronze.

  • nucynu25

    I don’t think any body is saying that she wasn’t supposed to get the dress she likes..some ppl like it some don’t ..btw congrats

  • bemetoo

    This post doesn’t make since..I thought the Olympics were for the best in the world??

  • Ceezus

    It can be done but the odds of beating a Pro is much more slim.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I don’t know how you can love a selfish man.

  • PhillyLala

    I just had this fight with my bf last night he was saying she should have “done something with her hair” I was so irritated. I said the white girls have their hair in a bun, why don’t they have to do something with theirs? Also, I had my hair in a bun at the moment, he said that’s different you have “good hair” (mind you I have naturally curly hair and he still always trys to convince me to straighten it) Then when I called him out on self hatred he said some weird sh*t about black hair being a curse b/c of sin or some sh*t..WTF??! Yeah, I think we’re done. ? ok… *sigh* rant over….

  • VM

    So much power like dynamite, she is phenomenal!!!! I had to rewind and playback like three times on that vault routine. She’s so humble, I love that about her. Noooooooo, I didn’t know she fell off the beam. I hope Laurie gets it, she’s my second pick. She’s going down as the best gymnast in history above Nadia and Mary Lou.

  • VM

    She was inconsistent, she switched coaches and I think the Hollywood bug got her. She was very candid about trying to find that joy she had back in 2012. I’m still rooting for her, I hope she comes back for redemption like Raisman.

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    I don’t follow his stories; I just love his success at his swimming. I’ll twitter-google and see.

  • TheRealLee

    The idea of banning pros is ludicrous and misinformed. You do that, and athletes from around the world (WHO ARE PROS) will wipe out the US clean. Those athletes are sponsored by their countries athletics association unlike ours who work for their money and get so much more. I mean a Chinese basketball player in his pro league gets little money but he is still a pro. Not all sports are the same. Basketball and tennis players are not on the same footing as gymnasts. Gabby makes her money from appearances and speaking. There is no such things as a professional gymnastics, cycling, swimming, badminton, judo leagues. But those athletes do return to compete in future Olympics if they qualify. Nothing says they graduate to pros after their first Olympics. Thankfully the IOC understands the complexity. BTW, All athletes are egotists, bad enough to think they can win a gold at their sport but not all do. Some get silver and some get bronze. I think Gabby is tired of gymnastics but was expected to represent. She can retired now and screw the people that criticize her over nothing.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Excellent research! Thank you for this! I bet you got all As in school. ? ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Prior to the pros taking over the Olympics, the basketball players were amateurs or college players.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This is so true. Phelps acted like he was entitled to win gold medals over and over. He was there simply for the attention and the praise.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Did he have a camera crew with him?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Excuse you? Jamaica is not a 3rd world country.

  • KB

    Thank you. Your post struck a curiosity because I vaguely remember hearing your views about SRL & The Olympics so long ago.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    After the Olympics the gymnasts go on tour and they are paid to make public appearances. Plus they have corporate sponsors and the top stars sign endorsement deals. I’m sure you’ve seen Simone in TV commercials? In the olden days the amateurs used the Olympics as a springboard to professional status and wealth. They were hungry and the future prospect of endorsements motivated them to greatness. That’s what the current Olympics is missing.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Yes, the original Olympic games was to showcase the best in the world of sports and sportsmanship. The big payoff was the promise of wealth when they went pro after the Olympics. That’s what made it so great. The gold medal winners went on to do great things in professional sports and a new crop of amateur athletes starred in the next Olympics. Now you see the same boring, spoiled, rich athletes competing every 4 years. It’s tiresome.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    As a kid, it was a thrill for me to see which new amateur athlete would become a worldwide star. Olga Korbut was the superstar in the 1972 Olympics. In 1976, Nadia Comaneci and Sugar Ray Leonard shined. Nowadays kids see the same boring, spoiled, rich professional athletes stealing the spotlight from more deserving kids. How many more trophies do Michael Phelps and Serena Williams need?

  • KB

    It was a family routine for my sister’s and I to watch with our Grandma sitting with our dinner on placemats..oooooing and ahhhing.

  • Lovelove

    I like Gabby….. I kinda like Phelps too with his interesting looking self.

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    ahem… back off him.

  • Lovelove

    And her edges aren’t that bad at all. She has a good hairline and breakage but there is thick hair there and it’ll grow back ( if she lays of the weave). So chicks like Tamar Braxton has NO edges…alopecia.

  • ZZZ

    STFU whomever wrote this blog.

  • KB

    They have endorsement deals, speaking appearances etc. After Douglas’s wins in 2012 she became a public figure, there was a Lifetime movie & her own reality show in addition to her being a young AA girl. Phelps has been competing in the Olympics since 2004 with 28 medals to his name. He is an excellent swimmer & also a “celebrity” with today’s standards. He has had several incidents with drugs & alcohol his first being November 2004. I’m just saying, if I had a little girl who wanted to be a gymnast & dreamed of going to the Olympics & was just as good, I would want her to have that opportunity. The same if my son wanted to beat Phelps record at the Olympics. I think it should go back to the way it use to be; looking at young athletes with stars in their eyes, displaying hard work, dedication, sportsmanship. It would seem the rewards of working to be IN the games has gotten lost with the rewards after the fact. This is of course IMO ??.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    JennyJazzhands

    Look around you. Spread your spirit fingers and type that beautiful girl’s name in. Everyone on here didn’t make this up. They…them…those folk…mean savages gave that girl the business. It’s hard for me to believe you missed all of this…for the last 4 1/2 years, but especially 2012.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Girl. Yes! Rental jewelry. I want.to know how the heck they repo it if need be. The same with hair. Now that the market has opened up I don’t see the hair as much…but that jewelry? YES!

  • ??Tommys_Female_Doppelganger??

    I agree 100% but don’t forget basketball.. The USA really should not be competing for the same reasons…

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Umm but what’s wrong with that? Let them eat too, it’s the American/Western way: exploitation ? The IOC members are bathing in $$ and are treated like royalty in hosting countries. Ain’t nobody crying about that though ??

  • bemetoo

    Oh okay auntie

  • Diva_woman

    I think this time just like 4 years ago people are giving way too much attention to ppl talking about Gabby’s hair. To be honest 4 years ago when she popped on my screen, me, my momma, and my sisters noted that her hair looked a mess. & not because it was natural (it was relaxed actually), but she had all those dang clips in it like those white girls she was hanging out with and mixing it up with some gel and some skeet unkempt weave. The only difference between my living room and what’s happening is social media. Part of black culture is talking about each other, it didn’t make me any less proud of gabby and I’m sure many people talking about her hair were still proud but it is what it is. Only difference now is that it’s not in our homes anymore, the world can see and we should be careful what we say. But ultimately, this whole hoppla is just another opportunity for black women to hate each other, publicly disparage ourselves and let the world shame us.

  • JennyJazzhands

    I’m not accusing anyone of making it up just looking for some references. The last time I Googled it, I saw a handful of critical tweets and a million responses to that handful of tweets.

  • Make this happen.

    You sound absolutely ridiculous. Regardless of their age, this is a sport and a job that they love. Why should they stop playing because people like you feel that they should. Btw, Venus just made Olympic history once again, by winning a Silver medal in mix doubles competition. With that said, I hope they continue as long as they please.

  • Jim Johnson

    This ignores the rest of the world has been subsidizing their Olympic teams for several decades before the American sports federations opened up the rules. If somehow the international sports bodies would get all of the national associations to agree to a common definition of what constitutes an amateur, then maybe I’d agree.
    But I suspect the days of asking athletes to live in poverty to maintain that ”amateur” status, while the coaches and the sports federation officials are making big money are gone.

  • K_

    i was going to say the same thing why was Usain not singled out in this article if so..however i had NO CLUE that the original intent content of the olympics was amateurs ..this was eye opening and interesting

  • Anji

    I too remember the old days and yes, I feel less excitement when so many competitions end predictably….won by millionaires. However i enjoyed seeing the gold go to the US, earned by Phelps. I tuned in less because many athletes have likely achieved their best and I know they have an advantage because the more sponsors, the richest athletes get optimal training while many, many other competitors have to work a regular job and try to fit training in around this. I was a competitor. My bff and a family member participated in a couple of Olympics. My bff is now a coach at a major university in L.A. and my family member is an attorney.
    Many amateur athletes have career goals other than their sport. I’m an ethnomusicologist who enjoyed 10 years in my sport. There is life after the Olympics because the western world offers opportunities while many other countries just don’t. Honestly we will miss a lot of would be Phelps because of the longevity of millionaires.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Of course not… It was just him…. How would he have a camera crew when he is in the water with them…. They have plenty of pictures of him around natorium facility …. He doesn’t need a camera crew …. Apparently he has been coming through showing love for years before my daughter started swimming… He is really down to earth …. Good guy

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    My point is others opinions don’t mean shyt folks like what they like…. My second dress is a 300 dollar Maxi… Back up dress … And thanks…. But every brides dress is supposed to be picked based on the brides dream…. In my case bew helped with my selection …. But aye

  • toni walker

    Gabby won gold in the team event and a gold in the all around in 2012 . Gabby already knew Simone was the new star from the past three years. She was not salty or mad about Simone winning. Gabby has already had success.

  • toni walker

    Well said! We are our own worst enemy!

  • toni walker

    She should take a note from Beyonce who does not respond and ignores it. I love that about her!

  • Amel

    I agree, professionals should not be competing. Once you move onto being a professional, you shouldn’t be at the Olympics.

  • http://thesinglewhitefemale.com Fefe Duran

    My Aunt keeps complaining about this very topic. She was wondering why Venus and Serena were representing USA. Then the Basketball team is mainly if not, all pro players.

  • Starsky Willows

    Isn’t the Olympics for the best athletes in the world?

  • barbeez

    Ridiculous? You have your opinion and I have mine. Keep it moving.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    Your right. It used to be. It’s now a second.

  • MyNameIs

    Exactly! It’s a competition like any other. Eventually someone will beat them and then they will be on top. People always find fault in anything.

  • T3

    Right. I’m a bit torn. I understand the whole thing about pros vs amateurs.

  • Pinki

    Great point!!!! I forgot the Olympics were for amateurs as well….with Bolt, Phelps, and the other super stars……I got caught up and forgot what the Olympics really stood for. Thanks for the reminder Sandra 😉

  • Make this happen.

    Yes ridiculous. Now you can keep it moving.

  • barbeez

    LOL. A moron is someone who can’t take a differing opinion. Kind of stupid to block me when you responded to my post. Silly bird. Mind your business next time. LOL.

  • IGuess

    Without the pros we would probably not have any gold!

  • S. Williams

    Also Michelle Carter, first shot put gold winner AND she’s a black woman. Did it before any man *praise dances in these skreets*

  • Finding Forever…

    Right. Pops in them stands PROUD AS HELL!

  • NikkiB

    The fact of the matter is Phelps and Douglas put in the work to be there. They didnt get spots b/c they were previously on the team and they’re some of the best in the world. You can have all of the endorsements in the world but if you’re not the best you’re not going to make the team.

    And in sports like gymnastics there are thousands that go pro that never make it to the Olympics. Going pro affords them the opportunity to have sponsors to defer the cost of training to someone else. Working out 35+ hours a week on a sport is not cheap and in most cases parents are shelling that money out for them to compete at that level.

    And the Olympics is set to be the best in the world. Not the best amateurs in the world. Just the BEST! And for the record most of the athletes that compete in the Olympics are pro.

    So I guess Bolt, Frasier-Price, Felix, Gatlin and all of track and field shouldnt have been there either huh?