Throwback photo of spoiled US Olympian Gwen Berry raises eyebrows, website suddenly scrubbed

The Olympic track-and-field athlete who turned her back on the American flag during the national anthem reportedly seemed to embrace Old Glory in the run-up to the 2016 Olympic Games.

A now-deleted blog post allegedly from Gwen Berry’s blog, circa June 12, 2015, purportedly shows her triumphantly holding the American flag along with text that alludes to her dream of representing the U.S. at the Rio games.

At the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., last week, Berry turned away during “The Star-Spangled Banner” while she was standing on the podium after winning a bronze medal for third place in the hammer throw.

As a result, Berry, 32, qualified for Team USA and is headed to Tokyo next month for the XXXII Olympiad that was originally scheduled for 2020, but was put on hold because of COVID-19.

Berry, who is getting support from the Biden White House, subsequently told the Black News Channel that she takes issue with the obscure third stanza of the anthem. “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.”

“If you know your history, you know the full song of the national anthem, the third paragraph speaks to slaves in America, our blood being slain…all over the floor. It’s disrespectful and it does not speak for Black Americans. It’s obvious. There’s no question,” she added.

Berry also claimed that she was “set up” apparently because she raised a fist as a protest at the end of the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2019 Pan American Games where she won a gold medal.

Given all the headlines that Berry made in recent days, the picture of her holding the flag went viral on Twitter, prompting Donald Trump Jr. to raise the possibility of trendy opportunism posing as woke activism.

“Totally not all an act! She was definitely not protesting to get attention for herself and/or maybe some of those woke Nike sponsorship dollars. 100% legit and not at all a cottage industry victimization scheme we see so much of these days,” The ex-president’s son wrote.

In addition to Trump Jr., many social media users are metaphorically dropping the hammer on the hammer thrower. Here is a sampling:

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