LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne boasts a fervent fan base that has landed her lucrative name, image and likeness deals and the spotlight as a female athlete.
On TikTok alone, Dunne has nearly 7 million followers, and because of the wild fanbase, he had to warn them down a notch after incident reports surfaced following a meeting between LSU and Utah.
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Olympic gold medalist Kathy Johnson Clarke revealed she was asked multiple times by fans if she was Dunne’s mother, while the mother of a Utah athlete took to Facebook to claim Tigers fans were «so rude and disrespectful.» , according to to OutKick.
On Sunday, Dunne tweeted that he appreciated the support, but asked fans to be more respectful.
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«I will always appreciate and love your support but if you come to a meeting I want to ask you to be respectful of other gymnasts and the gymnastics community as we are just doing our job,» she wrote.
LSU lost to Utah 197,275-196,725. Utah entered the competition as the No. 6 team in the nation. The Tigers were ranked #3.
Dunne is one of the most followed college athletes on social media. According to On3 Sports, Dunne has an NIL valuation of $2.3 million. He reportedly earns around $2 million from various endorsements, including the vuori Sportswear Brand, American Eagle and Planet Fuel. Dunne is also signed to one of the largest WME Sports agencies.
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Dunne is a junior at LSU. When Dunne first started at LSU in 2021, he made the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll and was also a WCGA Academic All-American. She was a WCGA All-American on the uneven bars and, in 2022, she was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.