Published On: Mon, Jun 28th, 2021

Olympian Athlete Turns Away From Flag as Anthem Played, Claims Song’s Timing ‘Was a Setup’

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A U.S. Olympic track and field trials athlete protested the playing of the National Anthem on June 26 in Oregon by turning away from the American flag and placing a black T-shirt over her head. Gwendolyn Berry, who received a bronze medal in the hammer throw that day, took a quarter turn away from the flag and faced the audience on the podium as athletes received their medals. Berry, a 31-year-old black American and outspoken activist against “systemic racism” in the United States, turned to face the stands instead of the country’s flag as “The Star-Spangled Banner” played, while the gold and silver medalists placed their right hands on their chests and stood facing the flag. Toward the end of the song, Berry picked up her black T-shirt with the words “Activist Athlete” emblazoned on the front and draped it over her head. She reportedly complained about the timing of the …

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