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Former NFL participant Jake Bequette stated on Tuesday that monitor and subject star Gwen Berry’s determination to show her again on the U.S. flag and the Biden administration’s subsequent assist was “very upsetting” to witness.
“I was very blessed to be able to play football for the University of Arkansas and for the New England patriots. And standing there on the sideline before a game watching that flag wave and the national anthem play always filled me with pride,” the previous Army officer advised “Fox & Friends.”
Bequette performed defensive finish for the University of Arkansas and the New England Patriots. After his NFL profession, he joined the Army. He was chosen within the third spherical with the ninetieth total decide by the Patriots within the 2012 NFL Draft after which retired in 2015.
“And wearing that flag on my shoulder serving in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division was the greatest honor of my life.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki Monday defended Berry’s determination to show her again on the nation’s flag, saying Berry was looking for to “peacefully protest” the moments that Americans “haven’t lived up to our highest ideals.”
Berry, 31, positioned third over the weekend within the hammer throw through the U.S. Olympic trials, incomes her a spot on the group. As the National Anthem was performed, she turned from the flag.
“This weekend, Gwen Berry, who hopes to represent the United States as an Olympian on the hammer throwing events, won a bronze medal at the trials, and then she turned her back on the flag while the anthem played,” Fox News’ Peter Doocy stated to Psaki through the each day White House briefing. “Does President Biden think that is appropriate behavior for someone who hopes to represent Team USA?”
“Well, Peter, I — I haven’t spoken to the President specifically about this, but I know he’s incredibly proud to be an American and has great respect for the Anthem and all that it represents, especially for our men and women serving in uniform all around the world,” Psaki stated.
Bequette concluded, “It makes me very upset to see some athletes and even President Biden blatantly disrespecting our flag and the great country that flag stands for. So if Gwen Berry wants to you know, if she hates this country so much. Then she should quit the U.S. Olympic team and go compete somewhere else.”
Fox News’ Keith Koffler contributed to this report.