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Former U.S. Olympian Caitlyn Jenner has no use for the national anthem protest of hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who turned away during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner” at the Olympic Track & Field Team Trials in Oregon last week.
“Honestly, it’s disgusting,” Jenner told Eric Bolling on Newsmax TV, via TMZ.
Berry, 31, finished third in the trials and held up a t-shirt that read “Activist Athlete.” Jenner, who is running for California governor as a Republican, wants American athletes to stand with respect for the flag.
“I don’t like political statements on the podium,” Jenner said. “We shouldn’t do that. This is the greatest gathering of people and countries in the world. Over 200 countries will be at the Olympic Games — there’s 150-something countries in the U.N. and it has such potential for good. Don’t destroy it.”
Jenner’s wish may come true.
“To be honest with you, we don’t have a worry in the world that she’ll be on the podium there, because she got third (in Oregon),” Jenner said. “The other two girls ahead of her are so much better, and there’s other ones around the world in the hammer throw. So I think that was kind of her last hurrah.”