LSU Gymnast, NIL Star Olivia Dunne PickPocketed At Coachella Festival in California

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Name, Image and Likeness millionaire Olivia Dunne, who is an LSU gynmast, had her cellular phone, credit cards, driver’s license and a small amount of cash pickpocketed while at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival near Palm Springs, California over the weekend.

“She’s fine,” her mother Katherine Dunne told OutKick on Wednesday in a phone interview. “She didn’t even know she had been pickpocketed until after one of her friends realized her phone had been stolen.”

Mrs. Dunne said there was a rash of wallets and cell phones stolen at the festival, where Olivia was working for Revolve, a clothing company that she represents, among others, as part of her NIL deals. Her father David Dunne of Hillsdale, New Jersey and her mother estimate her NIL earnings at over $1 million.

“She was not carrying a lot of cash,” Katherine Dunne said. “But she lost her credit cards, and she had to be faxed a copy of her passport so she could get on the plane to go back to LSU.”

LSU’s Olivia Dunne: An NIL Princess In Waiting

Dunne, 19, got a new phone on Saturday – the day after the theft – and returned to Baton Rouge for classes on Monday. An All-American by the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association and SEC academic honor roll member in 2021, she will be a junior on the gymnastics team next season.

“The worst thing was losing all her identification,” her mother said.

After the phone was reported stolen, it was tracked to San Bernardino – 75 miles from Indio, California, where the Coachella Festival was happening.

“To the person who pickpocketed my phone, thanks,” Dunne posted on Instagram, where she has 1.7 million followers along with 5.2 million on TikTok. “I needed an upgrade anyways.”

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests.

A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention.

Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.

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