Hammer thrower Gwen Berry fired back at her Republican critics on Monday, saying they were ‘obsessed’ with her after she turned her back on the US flag during Olympic trials.
Berry, 31, was on the podium at the trials in Oregon on Saturday when the anthem started playing. Her white competitors, DeAnna Price and Brooke Andersen, turned to face the flag and placed their hands on their hearts but Berry, a vocal BLM activist, turned to face the stands, put her hands on her hips and then held up a t-shirt bearing the words ‘athlete activist’.
In interviews later, she said she felt like officials only played the anthem to ‘set her up’ and that she had been told it would be played before she walked on to the podium, not while she was there. She also said she didn’t want to be standing for pictures for long because it was hot.
The trial organizers insisted this wasn’t the case and that the anthem played every day at the same time.
On Monday, Berry was later slammed by conservatives like Ted Cruz who said her protest was disrespectful and who claimed she hated her country. Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL United States Navy, said she ought to be removed from the Olympics.
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Source: Daily Mail