As the NBA season geared up this week, many wondered whether players would follow the lead of several NFL players and kneel during the national anthem. Well, as of Saturday, no players have kneeled. But, in a strange turn of events, a singer who performed the anthem did.
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During the home opener for the Brooklyn Nets, singer Justine Skye took a knee at the end of the national anthem. The Hill reported fans began to boo once she knelt. But in at least one video, there’s no audio of the crowd booing.
Skye posted her performance on Instagram where she wrote: “Got a bit shaky at the end.. was pretty uneasy about singing the anthem and probably won’t ever be invited to sing it again but I had to take a knee for the opening game in my city and let my voice be heard. We will not be silenced ✊�� #blacklivesmatter.”
The NBA’s policy states that their athletes must stand during the anthem. The policy does not say that those performing the anthem must stand. Players on the Nets locked arms in solidarity during the anthem.
This isn’t the first time this year that an artist performing the national anthem has knelt during a performance. An artist at an Oakland Raiders game and another at a Detriot Lions game both kneeled while they sang the anthem.
President Trump has been outspoken about NFL athletes kneeling during the anthem. In a speech in Alabama, Trump ridiculed the NFL and their players for letting the controversial act take place.
Trump has already had a run-in with Golden State Warrior star player Steph Curry after he and others on the team stated that they would not visit the White House after winning the NBA Championship last season. Trump has yet to comment on the national anthem singer from the NBA game last night.