Olympic Athlete Gwen Berry Has Controversial Tweets Resurface Amid Flag Protest Uproar

by Suzanne Halliburton

Gwen Berry continues to stay in the headlines for something other than her ability to throw the hammer.

Berry made the Olympic team last month, finishing third in the women’s hammer throw. Ordinarily, a bronze medalist in an event like the hammer throw doesn’t command much attention. No U.S. woman ever has medaled at the Olympics in the event. But Berry, who calls herself an “activist athlete” turned her back to the flag during the national anthem and covered her face with a t-shirt.

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Late Friday, the right-wing site National Pulse published a story that listed some old tweets from Gwen Berry, back when she was in her early 20s. Fox News picked up the story as well.

Gwen Berry Tweets Were From a Decade Ago

The tweets are from 2011-2012. Berry’s final season competing for Southern Illinois was 2011.

Some of the tweets:

“This lil white boy being bad as hell!! I would smack his a– then stomp him!! Smh #whitepplKids hella disrespectful,” she tweeted in 2011. 

Berry also tweeted that “#basketballwives is proof that white ppl run they got d–n mouths too much n they nosey as hell n they start their drama btw crazy black b&^%^%.” And on July 30, 2011, Berry wrote “white people are sooo retarded when they are drunk” 

On April 29, 2011, Berry “Just saw this girl wearing heels with white socks. What the hell!!! #chineseppl always try to start new trends. smh. ggguuurrrllll”

Gwen Berry posted March 21, 2012: “S/O to all the females that gon get drunk, get recked by 4 dudes, then cry rape this weekend.”

In a tweet from November 1, 2012, Gwen Berry wrote: “Mexicans just don’t care about people.”

Currently, Gwen Berry is using her social media platform to defend Sha’Carri Richardson, who was suspended for a month after testing positive for traces of marijuana she ingested during the Olympic Trials. Berry tweeted a link to a New York Times article in which she was quoted.

Berry told the New York Times: “When you are a young Black athlete, and when you come from hardship, the first thing you need is people to support you, and not just capitalize off you, off your potential. She made a bad decision because of pain, because of trauma, and she’s a girl — she still needs help. Instead, she’s being punished.”

Politicians Began Protesting Berry’s Protest

Meanwhile, Gwen Berry is a hot topic with right-wing media. Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw said Berry should be removed from the Olympic team. Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted an article about Berry and asked “why does the Left hate America.” A Fox News reporter even asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki whether Joe Biden had an opinion about Berry’s protest.

Gwen Berry started protesting in 2019. When she won a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, she raised her first at the end of the national anthem. The USOC placed her on a year-long probation. But the committee since then decided to allow individual protests.

She made the 2016 Olympic team and wrapped herself in the American flag.

Earlier this week, Berry, whose father served in the military, tweeted: “I never said I hated this country! People try to put words in my mouth but they can’t. That’s why I speak out. I LOVE MY PEOPLE.”