Olympic Athlete Gwen Berry Defends Controversial Tweets Amid American Flag Protest Uproar

by Clayton Edwards

Gwen Berry has some seriously impressive credits to her name. First, she is a two-time Olympic athlete. She competed in Rio in 2016 and she will compete in Tokyo this year. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Berry specializes in the hammer throw event. She earned the ranking of number six in the world for distance. Also, the Olympian holds the world record for the weight throw and has since 2017. In short, she is a force to be reckoned with on the field.

Berry recently earned the right to represent the United States at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. However, that isn’t what she’s in the headlines for recently. Instead, some more controversial things have overshadowed her athletic success. First, she protested during the national anthem at the Olympic trials. Berry did so by turning away from the flag and covering her head with a shirt emblazoned with “Activist Athlete.” As a result, someone went back and dug up some offensive tweets from a decade ago in an attempt to “cancel,” the Olympian.

Now, Gwen Berry finds herself in a position where she has to either apologize for the tweets or defend them. She chose to defend them, to an extent.

Gwen Berry on Her Past Tweets

On July 3rd, Gwen Berry took to Twitter to talk a little about the offensive tweets. She didn’t apologize for her past words. At the same time, she didn’t really defend any of the racially charged or offensive statements. instead, she shared a link to a New York Post article. In that post, she made a statement about the controversy.

“Is this the best THEY could come up with?” Gwen Berry wanted to know. She went on to say that she could relate to Brett Kavanaugh. Some things about his distant past came up in the days leading up to his confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice. However, those things weren’t offensive tweets. They were allegations of sexual assault. She concluded the post by saying, “There’s a lot of sh-tt [sic] I don’t do like I did when I was 18 or 20.”

It seems that Gwen Berry said her peace and left it at that. The rest of her recent tweets focus on other matters of social and racial justice. The difference is that many of her tweets deal with the Olympic or sporting world in particular. In short, her Twitter feed looks like what you would expect it would. After all, Berry bills herself as an “activist athlete.” So, it’s no surprise that those two prominent aspects of her life converge on her feed.

At the end of the day, Gwen Berry is a talented athlete who is exercising her First Amendment right to take a stand for what she believes in. As for the tweets, they were from ten years ago. It is obvious that she has grown and changed as a person since then.