“Why are you even competing if you hate the flag and country so much?”
Source: Steve Watson
U.S. Olympic competitor Gwen Berry turned her back during the national anthem at a trial event Sunday, and has drawn criticism for putting a shirt on her head with the slogan “Activist Athlete.”
Berry responded to the pushback by doubling down:
The athlete has since indicated she is taking a stand against ‘systemic racism’ in the U.S.
One response has gone viral is that of former professional wrestler Tyrus Murdoch, who blasted Berry, asking “why are you even competing if you hate the flag and country so much?”
Tyrus explained “I don’t care when the national anthem was played… I’m going to give you names here. We’ve had some issues in this country especially as a black man when I go to Tommy Smith, John Carlos, Jessie Owens who they had issues, they fought, they wanted dignity.”
He continued, “They also wanted a seat at the table. They wanted to show how much they loved their country, how much they belong, and human rights issues and they fought for it. This isn’t it.”
“Even if we are taking a knee on the baseball game, I have no problem with a professional athlete being a citizen, taking a respectful knee during the flag if that’s what you choose to do while still honoring the flag, I have no issue,” Tyrus added.
“She turned her back on the flag. She was upset they had the gall to – what song would you think they are going to play at the Olympics?” the pro wrestler further blasted.
“Why are you even competing in the Olympics if you hate the flag and the country so much? If it’s such a horrible place, why are you doing it?” Tyrus asked, adding “if it’s this bad and you’re this insulted why are you competing? Protest. Sit out.”