Athlete Who Turned Away from National Anthem Says She Was Set Up

Gwen Berry, an activist athlete and Olympic hammer hopeful who turned away from the national anthem during Track & Field trials, says she wasset up..

Berry, who was also arrested at a protest in Washington, D.C., last year, told reporters Saturday that she had planned to stand and clap during the anthem.

But, she said, when she arrived at the stadium, organizers told her she would have to stand in a certain placeand turn around.

I do believe they were trying to make a statement, she said. Berry, who is a threetime Olympian, said she would have protested regardless, but was especially upset at the conditions at the detention centers for immigrants.

I dont think were doing the right thing for our people, she said. Berry will get another chance to compete in the U.S. Olympic trials in July.

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a group of Ohio residents did not have the right to sue the state over a change to its early voting rules that they claimed was an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote.