Says It Was ‘Disrespectful’ And ‘A Setup’ To Play The Song While She Took Bronze At Trials
By KEITH GRIFFITH
FOR DAILYMAIL.COM, ASSOCIATED PRESS and REUTERS
Hammer thrower Gwen Berry turned away from the American flag on Saturday while on the podium for a medal ceremony at the U.S. Olympic trials, saying it was ‘disrespectful’ to play the national anthem while she took a bronze medal.
While the anthem played at the trials in Eugene, Oregon, Berry placed her left hand on her hip and shuffled her feet. She took a quarter turn, so she was facing the stands, not the flag.
Toward the end, she plucked up her black T-shirt with the words ‘Activist Athlete’ emblazoned on the front, and draped it over her head.
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