The “woke Olympics” are mercifully coming to a close.
Political protests defined the competition.
And now a national anthem protester made an Olympic promise that will turn your stomach.
Gwen Berry became one of sports’ great villains when she qualified for the U.S. Olympic team with a third place showing in the hammer throw.
At the awards ceremony, Berry put her hands on her hips and turned away in disgust when the national anthem began to play.
That led to speculation whether or not Berry would protest during the Olympic Games.
Before the games, the International Olympic Committee banned protests during the medal ceremonies.
As the Track and Field competition gets under way, Berry made it clear that she intended to protest during the medal ceremony if she won the gold and the national anthem played.
Berry also addressed her critics who believe someone who hates America does not deserve to represent the United States on the international stage.
“I feel like I’ve earned the right to wear this uniform,” Berry told reporters.
Berry said if she won she would protest and referenced how she raised her fist in a black power salute at the last Pan-American games.
“I’ll represent the oppressed people,” Berry added. “That’s been my message for the last three years.”
Berry claimed that despite the fact that she disrespected the national anthem and the veterans who fought under the American flag, she would continue to use the games as a platform for her political views and ignore her critics.
“I’m just focused on what I need to do,” Berry continued.
“Because all those people who hate me, they aren’t here. So they can’t affect me.”
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.