Some stubborn teen boys mobbed gymnast Olivia Dunne during an event, and that has pushed LSU to hire a bodyguard to protect her. Of course, she is an asset, and it makes sense for LSU to get her a bodyguard to scare off these rude male fans.
According to the Daily Mail;
The LSU gymnastics team is adding an extra layer of security for the rest of the season after a gang of ‘rude’ teenage boys tried to mob Olivia Dunne at an event in Utah.
The 20-year-old has become a social media sensation after posting flirty photos to Instagram and lip-sync videos to TikTok and has amassed a net worth of $2.3 million thanks to her gymnastics and sponsorship deals. However, the newfound fame and attention led to the college gymnast having to beg fans to be ‘respectful’ after multiple claims of incidents surfaced following the program’s meet against Utah last weekend.
Coach Jay Clark said Tuesday that a security officer will now travel with the team to competitions for the rest of the season. ‘That person will be in our hotel and outside our locker room and getting us to and from the bus at the venue,’ Clark told The Advocate/Times-Picayune. ‘(The officer) will be there to create a perimeter that keeps everybody safe.’
Clark said he wanted to make sure that fans can seek autographs of the gymnasts but insisted his athlete’s safety had to be a priority.
Gymnasts often interact and mingle with their family and friends between routines but Clark suggested that could change in order to better protect the athletes. ‘Things have to change. We just can’t expose them,’ Clark added. ‘We’re looking at some policy changes that will give parents access at a different location to their daughters.’
LSU next competes at the University of Kentucky Friday before returning for its home opener on Monday against Oklahoma.
After huge crowds of boys called one of her teammates ‘Livvy 2.0’ and told her ‘you’ll do’ for a photo last weekend, Dunne posted a statement online. Officials were forced to move the LSU team bus to avoid them, while police were stationed in front to help the athletes get to safety.
She said: ‘I will always appreciate and love the support from you guys, but if you come to a meet, I want to ask you to please be respectful of the other gymnasts and the gymnastics community as we are just doing our job.’ Olivia, better known as Livvy, is regarded as one of the most influential college athletes. Her fans showed up to support her in Salt Lake City even though she wasn’t in the line-up.
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