(AP) — The chiropractor for the American women
's wrestling team apologized on social media
for comparing Olympic COVID-19
protocols to Nazi Germany
Rosie Gallegos-Main, a chiropractor for women's wrestling since 2009, apologized to the USA Wrestling Diversity
, Equity, and Inclusion Committee on Wednesday for "my poor judgment and my choice to share this message."
The post, which was shared on her Instagram
accounts last week, was flagged as spreading misinformation
by both platforms.
“We went from ‘Flattening the curve in 14 days’ to ‘Going door-to-door to see your papers’... Gotta admit, I did N-A-Z-I that one coming,” said the post.
Gallegos-Main removed her post hours after The Associated Press
brought it to the attention of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee on Tuesday.
She will be allowed to complete her planned stay at USA Wrestling's pre-Olympic camp in Nakatsugawa, Japan
, even though she is not a member of the accredited U.S. delegation in Tokyo. She will also be required to complete diversity, equity, and inclusion training.
“The USOPC does not condone or tolerate any behavior that intentionally offends or attacks others,” the organization said in a statement
to the Associated Press on Wednesday. “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.
“As evidenced by her prompt removal of the share and her apology
, she has demonstrated clear remorse and committed to an educational process with DE&I experts, and the USOPC will work
with USA Wrestling to ensure she receives that educational resource and understands our organizations’ shared global purpose of building a better, more inclusive world through sport.”
Gallegos-Main stated that she "did not consider how the end of the meme might affect others," and that she was focusing on "authoritarian coercion, rather than anything to do with Germany and the Jewish people
“I now see that these are inextricably linked and cannot be separated,” she wrote, adding, “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 educating people about the past.”
“I am deeply saddened by this and would like to apologize for my poor judgment and decision to share this message; I am also sorry that this may have been a distraction for the delegation, which should have been focused on supporting our athletes to the best of our ability.”
The approximately 22,000 athletes, officials, coaches, and media who have traveled to Japan for the Games are living under strict restrictions in order to prevent a surge in infections among the country's general population. Japanese authorities said Monday that 21.6% of the nation's 126 million people are fully vaccinated.
Foreigners have been required to provide proof of negative virus tests within 72 hours of departure for Tokyo and are being tested throughout their stay; travelers have spent hours waiting for paperwork approval at airports; and visitors have been barred from interacting with the Japanese public for the first 14 days in the country.