US Olympic athlete who turned away from the American flag during reward ceremony claims she was a victim of a "set-up"
US athlete turned away from the American flag during the US Olympic reward ceremony.
31-year-old American hammer thrower, Gwen Berry, who is a bronze medalist, made her silent protest at the moment when the national anthem sounded. Standing next to two other medalists, she turned away from the Star-Spangled Banner and then eventually covered her face with a black T-shirt with “Athlete Activist” writing on the front.
Berry then claimed that it was her protest against “systemic racism.” She then reportedly also said that she was a victim of a “set-up” after the incident.
“I feel like it was a setup, and they did it on purpose,” Berry said. “I was p*ssed, to be honest.”
The athlete’s behavior sparkled the outrage on social media. Many Americans have proposed to exclude Berry from the national team and send someone to Tokyo who will not be ashamed of the American flag.
“What the actual crap is this? You don’t have respect for our anthem and/or flag? Fine. But you shouldn’t represent our nation,” came one response on Twitter.
What the actual crap is this? You don’t have respect for our anthem and/or flag? Fine. But you shouldn’t represent our nation.— Apryl Marie (@aprylmarie) June 27, 2021
"I don't really want to talk about the anthem because that's not important. The anthem doesn't speak for me. It never has.''https://t.co/dS1ua9TuNi
“If she doesn't want to represent us, don't send her,” was another blunt assessment.
Gwen Berry Has DISGRACED Her Country, BAN Her From The Olympics! https://t.co/ruYLV42KII— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) July 1, 2021
According to the US Olympic Committee, the hammer thrower could not be banned from the team and punished in any way for this, since the political actions are officially allowed during the selection for the Olympic games.
According to her own website, Gwen Berry didn't always hate America.— OutKick (@Outkick) June 30, 2021
In fact, she loved it.https://t.co/tuhvEW2qdu