U.S. Athlete who turned away from flag during olympic trials national anthem claims she was “set up”

U.S. track athlete and hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who turned away from the flag while the national anthem played at the Olympic trials claims she was “set up.”

“Don’t set me up and think I won’t jump,” Berry tweeted.

Berry elaborated to the Washington Post, saying “I feel like it was set up,” with a burst of laughter. “I feel like they did that on purpose, and I was pissed, to be honest. I was thinking about what should I do. Eventually, I just stayed there and just swayed. I put my shirt over my head. It was real disrespectful. I know they did that on purpose, but it’ll be all right. I see what’s up.”

Per Yahoo sports “Berry was heavily sanctioned and lost sponsors in 2019 when she raised a closed fist on the medal podium after capturing gold in the Pan American Games. She has continued to speak out since then, denouncing the Olympics for maintaining their anti-protest policy and demanding an apology from the United States Olympic Committee as the conversation changed around institutional racism.”

USA Track and Field spokeswoman Susan Hazzard disputed the claim of the “set up” saying “the national anthem was scheduled to play at 5:20 p.m. today. We didn’t wait until the athletes were on the podium for the hammer throw awards. The national anthem is played every day according to a previously published schedule.”

From the 2019 pan am games: