U.S. Athlete causes stir turning away from flag during national anthem at Olympic trials

Hammer thrower Gwen Berry turned away from the American flag while the national anthem played at the US Olympic trials.

Berry proceeded to drape her “Activist Athlete” T-shirt on the front over her head. “I feel like it was a setup,” Berry explained “… It was real disrespectful. I know they did that on purpose, but it’ll be all right. I see what’s up,” she added.

Dinesh D’Souza took issue with Berry’s actions, tweeting “We’re going to see more of this. It’s going to make patriotic Americans cheer for foreign competitors and against the anti-American Americans.”

The move caused debate with some supporting her actions and other disagreeing with it.

Here are some of the comments replying to Dinesh’s tweet.

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This was not the first time Berry used her platform as an athlete to protest. In 2019, she raised her fist at the end of the national anthem at the Pan Am Games..

Berry talked about being an activist athlete earlier this month.

From June 6, 2021: