Gwen Berry stole the show when she turned her back on the American flag when the national anthem was playing, according to Fox News.
Old tweets have emerged shedding new light on the “activist Athlete.”
The point is to compete … which I will be doing ☺️☺️ https://t.co/PUYGb6jqfX
— Gwen Berry OLY (@MzBerryThrows) July 1, 2021
#BasketballWives is proof that white ppl run they got damn mouths too much n they nosey as hell n they start drama btw crazy blk b&^%^%
— Gwen Berry OLY (@MzBerryThrows) July 26, 2011
“@IThrow: Mexicans just don't care about ppl”😂😂😂😂😂
— Gwen Berry OLY (@MzBerryThrows) November 1, 2012
Just saw this gurl wearing heels with white socks!! What the Hell..#chineseppl always try to start new trends..smh..ggguuurrrllll
— Gwen Berry OLY (@MzBerryThrows) April 29, 2011
“The point is to compete … which I will be doing.”
“They had enough opportunities to play the national anthem before we got up there,” Berry stated.
“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.”
“They said they were going to play it before we walked out, then they played it when we were out there.”
“… 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.”
“My purpose and my mission is bigger than sports.”
“I’m here to represent those … who died due to systemic racism. That’s the important part.”
“That’s why I’m going. That’s why I’m here today.”
“I never said that I didn’t want to go to the Olympic Games, that’s why I competed and got third and made the team,” Berry stated.
“I never said that I hated the country. I never said that. All I said was I respect my people enough to not stand for or acknowledge something that disrespects them.”
“I love my people. Point blank, period.”
“We’ll see. You know, it just depends. It depends.”
“You know everything is a spur of the moment. It depends on how I’m feeling and depends on what I want to do in that moment and what I want to do for my people in that moment.”
“And I will do whatever comes upon me and whatever is in my heart.”
From Fox News:
On Friday, internet sleuths unearthed decades-old tweets from the Olympian. The National Pulse was first to report on the tweets.
USA Track and Field and representatives for Berry didn’t immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment. Puma, one of Berry’s sponsors, also didn’t immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Some of the tweets unearthed came before Berry made the Olympic team in 2016 and 2021, and even before she was on Team USA for the 2014 Pan American Sports Festival and the 2019 Pan American Games, respectively – in both events she took home the gold medals.
The 32-year-old’s tweets likely came from when she was in her early 20s. As of Friday afternoon, the tweets were still active.