Olympic champion Aly Raisman responded to a tweet asking about her opinion on a recent viral video which shows a high school cheerleader being forced into doing splits by her coach.

"Unacceptable. Never ever should happen ever. Forcing stretching like that will cause injury. Not sure what those coaches were thinking," the American gymnast tweeted.

"Athletes know their limits and coaches need to respect that. Mihai and Silvie (my coaches) never forced me to stretch. I stretched myself."

The viral video shows 13-year-old Ally Wakefield being forced into performing splits by her cheerleading coach, Ozell Williams, while pleading "please stop" nine times.

As a result, she suffered from torn muscle tissue and a pulled hamstring. She is now receiving physical therapy.

Her doctor said that the injury was caused by the coach's knee on the back of her thigh to try to keep her posture straight. She added that it could possibly fracture the pelvic system and reproductive organs as well.

Williams was fired after the video, which was taken last June, went viral this week. Trying to defend himself, he said that the video was taken out of context.

Williams was previously fired from another school last year for the same exact reason. It is alleged that he told girls at another of his classes he would 'punch them in the face' if they messed up.

Written by Gigi Farid



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