USA women’s wrestling team chiropractor Rosie Gallegos-Main (left) apologized for a social media post comparing Covid-19 protocols in Japan during the Olympics to Nazi Germany (Pictures: Instagram @rosiemain)
A chiropractor for the USA women’s wrestling team has apologized after comparing stringent Covid-19 protocols in Tokyo to Nazi Germany on social media. Rosie Gallegos-Main, who has been with the wrestling team since 2009, posted the offensive message on her Instagram and Facebook accounts last week.
‘We went from “Flattening the curve in 14 days” to “Going door-to-door to see your papers,”‘ Gallegos-Main wrote. ‘Gotta admit, I did N-A-Z-I that one coming.’
Her post was flagged for spreading misinformation by both platforms. Gallegos-Main deleted it hours after the Associated Press on Tuesday passed it on to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.
In a statement on Wednesday, the committee said it ‘does not condone or tolerate any behavior that intentionally offends or attacks others’.
‘The post that this volunteer shared is completely inconsistent with our values and we made this clear to her as soon as we became aware of it,’ the committee stated.
Gallegos-Main apologized ‘for my poor judgment and my choice to share this message’, in a letter to the USA Wrestling Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee on Wednesday.
The chiropractor said she ‘did not put any thought into how the ending of the meme might affect others’. Gallegos-Main explained that she was putting ‘an emphasis on coercion by authorities, rather than anything to do with Germany and the Jewish people’, and said she has since realized it was inappropriate.
‘I now see that these are linked and can’t be separated,’ she wrote. ‘I will never use this word again in any form that does not have a proper foundation for its usage, such as in a history lesson or in educating people about the past.’
Gallegos-Main added she was ‘deeply saddened’ but her actions and wished ‘to apologize for my poor judgement and my choice to share this message’. She said she was sorry her post may have distracted the delegation ‘which should be focused on supporting our athletes to the best of our ability’.
The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee stated that Gallegos-Main through her quick deleting and apology ‘has shown clear remorse and committed to an educational process’ with diversity, equity and inclusion experts.
Gallegos-Main has been allowed to complete her stay at the USA Wrestling’s pre-Olympic camp but will undergo diversity, equity and inclusion training. She is not a member of the accredited US delegation in Tokyo. It is her third Olympics accompanying the women’s wrestling team.
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