US team doctor apologizes after comparing Olympic COVID protocols to Nazi Germany – NBC New York
The chiropractor for the US women’s wrestling team apologized after comparing Olympic COVID-19 protocols to Nazi Germany in a social media post.
Rosie Gallegos-Main, a women’s wrestling chiropractor since 2009, said in a letter to the American Wrestling Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Wednesday that she was sorry “for my poor judgment and my choice to share this post “.
The post, sent to his Instagram and Facebook accounts last week, was flagged by both social media platforms for spreading disinformation.
“We went from ‘flattening the curve in 14 days’ to ‘going door to door to see your papers’… I have to admit I brought in NAZI that one,” the post said.
Gallegos-Main deleted his post hours after The Associated Press brought it to the attention of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee on Tuesday.
She will be allowed to complete her planned stay at the USA Wrestling Pre-Olympic Camp in Nakatsugawa, Japan. This is her third Olympic Games with women’s wrestling, although she is not part of the American delegation accredited to Tokyo. She will also need to take training on diversity, equity and inclusion.
“The USOPC does not condone or condone any behavior that intentionally offends or attacks others,” the USOPC said Wednesday in a statement to the PA. “The post that this volunteer shared is totally incompatible with our values and we made it clear to her as soon as we learned about it.
“As evidenced by her swift removal from action and her apologies, she showed clear remorse and engaged in an educational process with the experts at DE&I. USOPC will work with USA Wrestling to ensure that it obtains this educational resource and understands the global goal shared by our organization of building a better and more inclusive world through sport.
Gallegos-Main said she “hadn’t thought about how the ending of the meme might affect others” and said she was “emphasizing coercion by authorities, rather than everything. what concerns Germany and the Jewish people “.
“I now see that these are linked and cannot be separated,” she wrote. “I will never use this word again in a form that does not have a proper basis for its use, like in a history lesson or to educate people about the past.”
“I am deeply saddened by this and would like to apologize for my lack of judgment and my choice to share this message. I am also sorry that this may have been a distraction for the delegation which should focus on supporting our athletes at the best of our ability.
The approximately 22,000 athletes, officials, coaches and media who traveled to Japan for the Games are living under strict restrictions to prevent an upsurge in infections among the country’s general population. Japanese officials said Monday that 21.6% of the country’s 126 million people were fully immunized.
Foreigners were required to provide proof of negative viral tests within 72 hours of leaving for Tokyo and are tested throughout their stay. Travelers spent hours waiting for documents to be approved at airports, and visitors were mostly barred from interacting with the Japanese public during their first 14 days in the country.