Olympic Hammer Thrower Gwen Berry Turns Her Back On US Flag During National Anthem

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United States Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry came in third during the U.S. Olympic trials, leading her to get a brozne medal.

Berry though made headlines not for her efforts, but for what she did after during the medal ceremony.

The thrower turned her back on US flag during national anthem and says it was ‘disrespectful’ and ‘a setup’ to play the song while she took bronze medal.

Berry placed her left hand on her hip and appeared to be restless. She took a quarter turn, so she was facing the stands, not the flag.

Close to the end of the anthem, she picked up her black T-shirt with the words ‘Activist Athlete’ on the front, and put it over her head.

‘I feel like it was a set-up, and they did it on purpose,’ said Berry. ‘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.’

A schedule at the event in Eugene, Oregon showed that the anthem was played every day.

‘We’re thrilled with the women’s hammer throw team that selected themselves for the Games,’ spokeswoman Susan Hazzard said in a statement.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. She’s the ultimate hypocrite. She wants the fame, glory, and money that comes with being an Olympic athlete and is willing to be bought off to do so- to the point she violates her own principles. Presumably she would compete under Nazism if it meant 💰💰💰.

  2. She will now be signed by Nike and probably be asked to carry the flag in opening ceremony where she will spit on it and burn it and then be invited to the White House and be awarded a Medal of Honor.

  3. She hates the anthem and the country, but sure enjoys the benefits and fame it affords her huh? She was glad to wear her USA jersey, took USA money to pay for all her travel, lodging, food, medical care and security while there though. Why on earth go to the Olympics to represent a country you hate? These anthem protests are always THE stupidest protests, the world thinks they’re stupid, and they only highlight the protester’s ignorance more than anything else.

  4. If she only knew Kapernick is right now as we speak sitting at country club in the Colorado suburbs with his white friends drinking pumpkin spice latte and saying “dude they’re still falling it”.

  5. USOC should be embarrassed. They should also kick her off the team. But we all know they won’t. Another otherwise irrelevant moron (3rd best US women’s hammer?) will now be shoved down our throats and celebrated as some kind of hero. Pathetic

  6. I would suggest this malcontent bend over, get itself an itself transfreak weightlifter and pack that hammer where it counts. America Matters! Spoiled malcontent cry baby hammer heads, not so much. America Matters

  7. I don’t know of anyone who has so much hatred towards their country as Americans and do. People who come from authoritarian governments that provide them NO chance of prosperity don’t hate their country this much.

    People who flee their countries to come to America don’t raise the American flag; but instead these bastards drape themselves in their native country flag rather than the American flag.

    • Which reminds me of this old joke:

      A woman was very distraught at the fact that she had not had a date or any sex in quite some time. She was afraid she might have something wrong with her, so she decided to employ the medical expertise of a sex therapist.

      Her doctor recommended that she go and see Dr Chang, the well-known sex therapist. So she went to see him and upon entering the examination room, Dr Chang said,

      ‘OK, take off all you crose.’

      So she did.

      Dr Chang then said,

      ‘Ok now, crawl reery fass to the other side of the room.’

      So she did.

      Dr Chang then said,

      ‘OK’ now crawl reery fass to me,’

      So she did.

      Dr Chang slowly shook his head and said,

      ‘Your problem vewy bad, you haf Ed Zachary Disease, worse case I ever see, that why you not haf sex or dates.’

      Confused the woman asked,

      ‘What is Ed Zachary Disease?’

      Dr Chang replied,

      ‘It when your face rook Ed Zachary rike your ass?

  8. Maybe the entitled thrower of hammers was O2 deprived?….her lips looked a bit blue…..so she may have not been thinking correctly….although leftists never do when it comes to the country that has granted them unlimited freedoms….are American Olympic atheletes sponsored by American businesses and American citizens? Think that would be reason enough to show just a little respect…

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