Caitlyn Jenner hits hammer thrower Gwen Berry Turned away from the American flag in protest It was played as the national anthem in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.
After winning a bronze medal in the Olympic trials in Oregon on Saturday and getting a place in Tokyo this summer Olympic GamesWhen the “Stars and Stripes” began to play, Berry made an impromptu protest.
Standing on the podium with champion DeAnna Price and silver medalist Brooke Andersen-with their hands on their hearts-Berry turned away from the flag to face the stands. When the national anthem ended, the 31-year-old athlete covered his head with a black T-shirt with the words “radical athlete” printed on it.
Berry-who has long spoken on the issue of systemic racism-later said of her national anthem protest: “They said they would play it before we went out, and then they played it when we went out. But I really don’t know if I want to talk about the national anthem, because that’s not important. The national anthem doesn’t speak for me. It never has.
When showing up on Newsmax Greg Kelly reportsAfter the host Eric Boleyn asked her opinion on the matter, Jenner criticized Berry’s behavior.
“To be honest, it’s disgusting,” Jenner, who won the decathlon at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics, said on Wednesday. “I love this country, I love this state.
“In 1976, I was the first person to raise the American flag at the finish line. I am very proud of it because I am proud of my country. I am proud that my country has given me the opportunity to grow. Become me Myself.”
“I don’t like the political statement of being on the podium,” the reality TV star continued. “We shouldn’t do that. This is the gathering of the greatest people and nations in the world. There will be more than 200 countries participating in the Olympics-the United Nations has more than 150 countries, and it has the potential for good. Don’t destroy it.”
Jenner, Who is running for governor of California, And then swiping Berry’s athleticism, she added: “Honestly, we don’t worry that she will be on the podium there because she won third place there.
“The other two girls in front of her are much better. There are other girls all over the world throwing hammers. So I think this is her last cheer.”
When she appeared on the Black News Channel, Berry shared her questions with the national anthem. She said: “History. If you know your history, you will know the complete song of the national anthem.
“The third paragraph talks about American slaves. Our blood was killed… all over the floor. This is disrespectful. It does not represent black Americans. Obviously, no doubt.
The third paragraph includes verses such as “Their blood has washed away the pollution of their dirty footsteps”, “There is no refuge to save the employment and slaves” and “Escape from fear or the darkness of the grave”.
The third paragraph of the national anthem is often omitted in the score publications of the 20th century.
Although Berry made a statement on the timing of the national anthem in the trials, Susan Hazzard, a US track and field spokeswoman, said on Saturday that “the national anthem is scheduled to be played at 5:20 pm.”
Hazard said in a statement: “We did not wait for the athletes to get on the podium to win the hammer throw. The national anthem is played every day according to the previously announced schedule.
In a storm of criticismBerry tried to clarify her position, telling the black news channel: “I never said that I didn’t want to participate in the Olympics. I never said that I hate this country. I never said that. What I said was that I respected me enough. The people will not tolerate or acknowledge things that do not respect them.”
In 2019, after winning the gold medal at the Pan American Games, Berry raised his fist on the podium and was sanctioned. finally, The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) promises not to punish athletes People who raised their fists or kneeled down at trial or in Tokyo.
Weekly newspaper The U.S. Olympic Committee and the Paralympic Committee have been contacted for comments.