What a selfish, selfish young woman. Forget about her disrespect for her nation for a moment… what about her fellow athletes? Look at the picture of the 1st and 2nd place winners. They are full of joy and pride while Berry throws her tantrum. Berry ruined what I’m sure was a very important moment for the other athletes.
And then her comment about it being a set up. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that they people running the event didn’t think two seconds about her when they decided to play the anthem. It’s not about her, but she seems to think that the entire thing was designed to affront her. What a self-centered woman.
Congratulations to DeAnna Price and Brooke Andersen, whose superior athletic prowess and class far outshone the antics of Berry.
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.
‘I feel like it was a set-up, and they did it on purpose,’ said Berry, who finished third to make her second U.S. Olympic team and is an outspoken activist on racial justice issues. ‘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.’
‘It really wasn’t a message. I didn’t really want to be up there. Like I said, it was a setup. I was hot, I was ready to take my pictures and get into some shade,’ added Berry.
‘They said they were going to play it before we walked out, then they played it when we were out there,’ Berry said. ‘But I don’t really want to talk about the anthem because that’s not important. The anthem doesn’t speak for me. It never has.’