Veteran: Puma silent after inking sponsorship deal with Olympic athlete who then turned her back on the flag


This editorial has been submitted by a United States veteran.

Eugene, OR – As is normally the case, athletic apparel companies provide sponsorships to Olympic athletes. Puma is no different.

They recently signed a deal with Gwen Berry. It totaled $15,000 in cash, provides her equipment and apparel and places her in a campaign titled “She Moves Us.”

Over the past few days, Berry has created quite a buzz around the nation. She was the 3rd place finisher at the United States Track and Field Olympic qualifiers in the hammer throw, which qualified her for the Tokyo games. But it wasn’t the event or where she placed that caused the athlete to be in the spotlight.

It was the temper-tantrum that she threw on the medal podium that sparked the conversation.  As the national anthem was played, she turned away from the flag,  placed her hand on her hip and then pouted like a petulant child.

And in light of that, we feel compelled to ask Puma:

Are you still excited about this sponsorship?

In an email to Kerstin Neuber, the Senior Head of Communications for Puma, we asked about the sponsorship and Berry’s antics specifically surrounding: 

“…the recent circumstances surrounding Ms. Berry at the USATF Olympic qualifiers. While the sponsorship provided by Puma to Ms. Berry was inked before this event, we were wondering if Puma has an official statement given the nature of her protest of the anthem and the manner in which she did it. 

Does Puma intend to continue this paid sponsorship, or does it plan to distance itself from this athlete?”

As of this writing, there has been no response. 

In speaking about what happened, she claimed that she believed that the national anthem was intentionally played while she was on the podium. 

“I feel like it was setup,” Berry said. “I feel like they did that on purpose, and I was pissed, to be honest. I was thinking about what should I do. Eventually, I just stayed there and just swayed. I put my shirt over my head. It was real disrespectful. I know they did that on purpose, but it’ll be all right. I see what’s up.”

Wait! Playing the U.S. national anthem while American athletes are on the podium is disrespectful? 

Yet, turning your back on the flag of your nation while you are competing to represent said nation is what, the model of respect? 

But wait…who is this? 

Sticking to her “they did it on purpose” talking points, she continued: 

“It was funny because they said they were going to play it before we walked out. It just happened they played it when we were out there. So, you know, it’s okay. I really don’t want to talk about the anthem because that’s not important. The anthem don’t speak for me. It never has.”

For the record Gwen, the anthem doesn’t speak FOR anyone. But for those of us who love this country, it certainly does speak TO us. 

Event officials stated that they played the anthem at the same time every day, 5:20 p.m., local time. 

If you have been anywhere near a TV or social media, you are probably aware of the backlash she has taken over this. And none of that backlash has been louder than that of the veteran community. 

But, Berry refuses to acknowledge the impact if her actions on people who have sacrificed greatly in defense of this nation. 

“For me, it’s always been something that’s been underlyingly uncomfortable, knowing that I’m rocking this big ‘USA’ across my chest when everything about America is to demean and to keep black people at the bottom of the totem pole,” Berry told the Washington Post.

“It has always, always, always been something I have been very uncomfortable with. I’m glad I’m able to say that without being punished or without being misunderstood.

I try to compartmentalize it. I try to say, ‘The USA can mean a lot of things.’ I try to give it my own meaning, just to say that I do deserve to represent a country that my people have built uncompensated, have worked for and have survived throughout. I just have to give myself a different meaning of it, regardless of how uncomfortable I am with what it is sometimes.”

You read that correctly. According to Berry, ‘everything’ about America is racist. 

It is also important to note that she contradicts herself.

“It has always, always, always been something I have been very uncomfortable with.”

Always, always, always. 

“…regardless of how uncomfortable I am with what it is sometimes.”

She is uncomfortable always…but only sometimes. 

Even she doesn’t seem to believe the words coming out of her mouth. At least she didn’t threaten to burn anything. 

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Veteran responds to US Olympian who wants to win gold so they “can burn a US flag on the podium”

The following editorial is written by a disabled Army veteran and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.  

I want to take a moment to address some thoughts and comments to Chelsea Wolfe.

This is not a conversation about how many genders there are, nor is it a conversation about whether biological males should be allowed to compete in women’s sports.  This is about people who “represent” this nation while they hate everything it stands for. 

For the record, the answers to the first two aspects above are, “two” and “no.”

Now, on to the topic at hand. Chelsea was recently named as an alternate to the US Olympic women’s team in BMX freestyle.  

Chelsea’s goal is to medal at the Tokyo Olympics.  That goal is not for the purpose of being the best in the world at something. The goal is singular in purpose. It was laid out in a since-deleted Facebook post from March of 2020. 

Delete all you want Chelsea. Screenshots can last a lifetime. 

“My goal is to win the Olympics so I can burn a US flag on the podium.”

Veteran: Puma silent after inking sponsorship deal with Olympic athlete who then turned her back on the flag
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Yup. That is it. To burn the flag. Not to be the best. Not to represent your nation. 

To burn the flag. 

Wanting to make sure that there was no misunderstanding about the comment, Wolfe told Fox News

“Anyone who thinks that I don’t care about the United States is sorely mistaken. One of the reasons why I work so hard to represent the United States in international competition is to show the world that this country has morals and values, that it’s not all of the bad things that we’re known for.

I take a stand against fascism because I care about this country, and I’m not going to let it fall into the hands of fascists after so many people have fought and sacrificed to prevent fascism from taking hold abroad. As a citizen who wants to be proud of my home country, I’m sure as hell not going to let it take hold here.”

Ok Chelsea, let’s lay some groundwork here.

First, people who “care about the United States” do not represent this amazing nation for the sole purpose of burning the flag. 

Second, I do  not think you understand what fascism is. 

Merriam-Webster defines it as “a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”

Perhaps you have noticed that last one coming from the left via all of the censorship of conservative thought transpiring at the hands of the social media overlords.

But here is where the people defining the word get it wrong. 

There is nothing wrong with believing that this nation is greater than any one individual. In fact, there are a few million people currently serving in the US military who believe exactly that. There are about 19 million Americans that previously served in that capacity who also believed it.

See, to those of us who actually love this country and have represented it on the world stage, we would willingly sacrifice our lives for the advancement of this nation and the freedoms it offers to its citizenry.  

I find it really ironic that I read this news about Wolfe just after getting home from the hardware store, where I had gone to purchase what I needed to build a new flag stand for my front yard. 

Unlike Wolfe, I actually represented my country with pride, and not as an alternate. I am merely one of millions that now bear the distinction of disabled veteran. 

I wore the flag on my sleeve everyday. 

In Korea, I was stationed roughly 30 miles from the North Korea, where real fascism resides. Over the course of the year that I was stationed there, I was on the flag detail. Thirty-seven times, I raised and lowered that very flag that Wolfe seeks to burn to make a political statement. 

More than once I have removed the Stars and Stripes off a casket, folded it and presented it to a grieving spouse, parent or child. On several of those occasions, I knew the individual being laid to rest. 

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See Chelsea, what you fail to realize (or perhaps you refuse to recognize) is that to so many Americans, that flag means something. 

It is greater than you. It is greater than me. It is symbolic of the men and women who gave their very lives to ensure that you continue to have the right to be a sanctimonious America-hater. Millions more carry the scars, both visible and invisible, of the battles this nation has waged.

In fact, that is why we stand when the anthem is played or the colors pass us in a parade. That is why we fly flags proudly in our yards. Hell, many of the people I know have it tattooed on their body in one fashion or another. 

That is why we do not sit idly by when someone mocks, denigrates or destroys our nation, our way of life, or the one thing that symbolizes it all: 

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You join the growing list of American athletes who have made it known that they hate our country. You continue to claim that you love America.

Go ahead and pretend that your words and actions do not impact the people who have bled for that flag and the survivors of the ones who died for her. Remain in that bubble of denial.

You won’t be lonely. Kaepernick, Lebron and Megan Rapinoe are just a few of your fellow athletes that are in it with you.  

While the social media world was not too kind to Wolfe, there were those that doubled down in agreement with her idiocy. 

But, Tennessee’s own Mark Green asked the question that many of us are wondering. 

Mike Eruzione, who was the US Olympic hockey team captain in 1980 that defeated Russia in the “miracle on ice,” joined Fox and Friends to discuss Wolfe’s comments. 

“‘I actually couldn’t believe it. I mean, first of all, burning the American flag anywhere is disgusting. To use your forum on the podium of the Olympic Games, I was like really, could someone actually think about doing that? … I just couldn’t even imagine the mindset of someone thinking that made sense,’ Eruzione said, calling it an ‘incredible honor’ to stand on the Olympic podium and hear the national anthem played and see the flag raised.”

Eruzione added: 

“Go to our service men and women and tell them what you are thinking about doing.”

I couldn’t agree with you more Mike. 

Lucky for us, Wolfe, you are an alternate. The fact that you will most likely not compete in Tokyo leads me to believe that you will not ever have the opportunity to follow through with your demagoguery.

I for one, will be rooting for Hannah Roberts and Perris Benegas to stay healthy and compete at amazing levels.

And, should they be fortunate enough to stand at the top of that podium, I pray that they stand with their hand over their hearts, tears of joy streaming down their face as the Stars and Stripes are raised and the Star Spangled Banner is played.

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Washed up singer advocates for “new” American flag, calls it ‘tattered, dated, divisive and incorrect’

The following editorial is written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

HOLLYWOOD, CA- Macy Gray? Never heard of it. But on behalf of tens of millions of patriotic Americans, go to hell, whoever you are.

Gray, who is apparently an award-winning singer wrote an op-ed Friday for MarketWatch in which she bashed the American flag, calling it “tattered, dated, divisive and incorrect,” saying it’s time for a “new flag” that “represents ALL of us.”

She further claimed the Stars and Stripes “no longer represents democracy and freedom,” Breitbart reported.

Where to start. First of all, the fact that this moron gets to spout this garbage is BECAUSE of that flag and those who died defending what it represents.

That flag led the Union troops into battle during the Civil War just so Gray, a black American can have the right to spout her stupidity for all to see.

That flag was carried into places like Yorktown and Valley Forge during the American Revolution, carried into battle in Gettysburg and Bull Run during the war between the states which led to the emancipation of slaves, at the Battle of the Bulge and Normandy during the Second World War and numerous wars afterward.

The flag was raised by firefighters on the rubble of the World Trade Center after America was attacked on September 11, a sign of resiliency, determination and hope.

And finally, that flag has draped the coffins of soldiers who gave their lives so Macy Gray could put her poison pen to paper so everyone could read what an abject lunatic she is.

Gray’s unhinged diatribe came the day before the brand-new federal holiday [also known as another day off for federal employees] called Juneteenth. The thing about liberals like Gray is they are never satisfied. Up until a year or so ago, nobody had ever heard of Juneteenth.

Now all of a sudden, it’s a holiday, put in place to attempt to appease the leftist mob in the country. Of course, the left is never satisfied, nor will they be until they completely overrun the country we’ve come to know and love.

As much as it would probably be a good idea to ignore Gray’s insane rant, it’s instructive to be able to see where these crazies are coming from.

She wrote:

“God bless those believers, they can have it,” she said of people whom she said have “hijacked” the American flag “as code for a specific belief.”

She continued:

“Like the Confederate, it is tattered, dated, divisive and incorrect. It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us. It’s not fair to be forced to honor it. It’s time for a new flag,” Gray said who then launched into a screed about all she found wrong with OUR flag.

You see, the thing about the flag is because of the country it represents, the United States of America, Gray is not “forced” to honor it. She has the choice to do so or not. But the left in this country is never satisfied.

While Gray claims she wants a flag that “represents ALL of us,” she wants a flag that represents HER version of America. An America that is not color-blind as Dr. Martin Luther King beseeched us but an America where EVERYTHING is about race.

Gray’s diatribe included her belief that there should be 52 stars on the flag representing 52 states, which she believes should include Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

If Gray had been paying attention in history class, she would have known that statehood for the District of Columbia is expressly forbidden by the Constitution.

As far as Puerto Rico is concerned, they have had the option several times in the past to gain statehood, and the residents of that island have voted it down. Of course, Gray says the lack of either DC or Puerto Rico being acceptance at states is because of…wait for it…racism.

“Assuming D.C. reps would be African-Americans and Puerto Rican reps would be Hispanic, the ultimate assumption is that these elected officials would be Democratic. That alone is racist,” she wrote.

Because don’t you know, anything leftists don’t get their own way on is of course, racist.

What else does the irrational Gray have an issue with on the American flag? Why the stripes of course. According to the Smithsonian she says, the white stripes are supposed to represent purity and innocent (innocence?). “Pure it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces.”

“What if the stripes were OFF-white? What if there were 52 stars to include D.C. and Puerto Rico? What if the stars were the colors of ALL of us—your skin tone and mine—like the melanin scale?” she asked.

Because to the far-left neo-Marxists, EVERYTHING is about color.

“The blue square represents vigilance and perseverance; and the red stripes stand for valor. America is all of those things. So, what if those elements on the flag remained? What if the flag looked like this?” she asked.

She then showed her version of an “American” flag design which featured gray stripes and 52 stars in multiple skin tone colors.


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Fittingly, Gray was slammed on social media:

Republican congressional candidate from Florida Lavern Spicer:

Trump attorney Jenna Ellis:

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem:

Our favorite Congressional representative, Lauren Boebert (R-CO):

Finally, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ):

Gray of course isn’t the only Hollywood wackjob who wakes up in the morning looking at what they can be offended by that day. Another washed up actor John Cusack launched into an anti-American diatribe on Twitter earlier last week, in which he referred to the United States as “fucking awful.”

Cusack went on rants about “insurrectionist coups,” taking away “black and brown Americans right to vote,” and complained about not being able to “arrest open criminals in gop—nor a mentally ill white supremacist lawless thug.” Assuming that last comment was attributed to former President Trump, however if anyone appears to be suffering from a mental illness (Alzheimer’s) it’s Joe Biden.

Not sure about all of you, but for me, I am sick and tired of being preached to by a bunch of deranged, cop-hating, America-hating lunatics. I realize it is trite to say to these people “if you don’t like it, leave” but if these people lived in the type of country they want America to be, a socialist-Marxist “utopia,” they would likely be imprisoned, if not shot for the honor of making stupid statements like those of Gray and Cusack.

Macy Gray and John Cusack have become millionaires using the freedom and opportunity they are given in the United States of America to contribute nothing meaningful…putting melody to words takes no skill whatsoever and playing pretend for a living as Cusack does also takes no skill and provides nothing of substantial value to the country.

Yet these two hacks, and many more like them piss on the opportunity this country provides to anyone who wants to avail themselves of it. If someone is a failure in this country, it is 99 times out of 100 their own fault.

There are innumerable success stories of people who were in the throes of poverty, addiction, disease, and other maladies who took advantage to the innumerable opportunities our country provides, and which allowed them to turn their lives around and become successful.

In virtually no other country in the world is this possible. The poorest American would be among the richest in a majority of other nations in the world.

So to Macy Gray, we like our flag just the way it is. We have had the stars and stripes for over 245 years and we’re not going to let whining, pathetic crybabies like you, Cusack and the other Hollywood losers dictate OUR flag.

To repeat, take your “new flag” and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.

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