Oct 20 (Reuters) – Singer Justine Skye dropped to a knee towards the tip of her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner previous to the Brooklyn Nets house opener in opposition to the Orlando Magic on Friday.
Some NFL gamers have sat or taken a knee throughout renditions of the music the previous two seasons to protest racial inequality in the US however NBA gamers have stood in accordance with league guidelines.
The protests have raised the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump, who says the gamers are being disrespectful to the nation and the army.
In a web-based submit, the 22-year-old Brooklyn native mentioned she was uneasy about singing the music to start with and mentioned she most likely wouldn’t be requested to take action once more.
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“I needed to take a knee for the opening sport in my metropolis and let my voice be heard,” Skye wrote in an Instagram submit together with a video of the efficiency.
“We won’t be silenced,” she mentioned, including an emoji of a clenched fist and the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.