Why wasn't Gabby Douglas at the VMAs with the rest of the Final Five?

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Why wasn't Gabby Douglas at the VMAs with the rest of the Final Five?

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Madison Kocian, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez present Best Female Video onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Gabby Douglas can’t catch a break.

The Olympic champ had to skip out on presenting at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards with her teammates after a sudden hospitalization.

Douglas took to Instagram on Sunday night to explain to fans why she wouldn’t be joining her teammates — Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman — at New York's Madison Square Garden. Alongside a photo of her wrapped tight in a blanket in what looks like a hotel room, Douglas wrote, “Out of the hospital & resting comfortably! #FinalFive so sad I can’t be with u all to present tonite @MTV thank u xoxo #VMAs #myview.”


Douglas’ publicist confirmed her hospitalization to People.

“Gabby is back in the hospital tonight being treated for a seriously infected past mouth injury,” the publicist said. “She continues to have deep swelling and adverse reactions to medications.”

While competing in Rio, the gymnast was under fire not once, but twice by critics. Douglas first faced backlash after she was photographed not holding her hand over her heart during the U.S. National Anthem, and was criticized again when she seemed to not be excited enough for Biles and Raisman after their respective gold and silver wins in the women’s all-around.

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