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During the Olympic trials yesterday in Eugene, Oregon, the bronze winner in the hammer throw, Gwen Berry, turned away from the American flag during the playing of the national anthem, didn’t put her hand over her heart and toward the end, put a shirt over head that said “Activist Athlete” on it.

Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry ‘pissed’ national anthem was playing https://t.co/HANHvsuFed pic.twitter.com/NGCzpnHACJ

— New York Post (@nypost) June 27, 2021

Gwen Berry during the awards ceremony for the hammer throw at Olympic Trials, where she qualified for the Tokyo Games. via AP https://t.co/UgyZiJkB8j pic.twitter.com/hDtykbnjvQ

— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) June 27, 2021

Not only that, she then said how disturbed she was that they played the anthem at all, acting as though it was played just to annoy her.

From Daily Mail:

‘I feel like it was a set-up, and they did it on purpose,’ said Berry, who finished third to make her second U.S. Olympic team and is an outspoken activist on racial justice issues. ‘I was pissed, to be honest.’ [….]

‘They had enough opportunities to play the national anthem before we got up there,’ she said. ‘I was thinking about what I should do. Eventually I stayed there and I swayed, I put my shirt over my head. It was real disrespectful.’

‘It really wasn’t a message. I didn’t really want to be up there. Like I said, it was a setup. I was hot, I was ready to take my pictures and get into some shade,’ added Berry.

‘They said they were going to play it before we walked out, then they played it when we were out there,’ Berry said. ‘But 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.’

The anthem was played at that time according to a pre-announced schedule. But, that isn’t the point. She wanted the playing of it catered to her being disturbed by it, so she didn’t even have to hear it. How dare they play it for the country or the

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