John Legend has weighed in on the national anthem controversy facing NFL player, Colin Kaepernick, who sat down during the American national anthem, Star Spangled Banner, prior to a game last Friday.
Legend tweeted firstly on Friday, August 30, “For those defending the current anthem, do you really truly love that song?. I don’t and I’m very good at singing it. Like, one of the best.”
The 37-years old Grammy winner then posted a second tweet saying, “My vote is for ‘America the Beautiful. Star-Spangled Banner’ is a weak song anyway.”
Kaepernick plays for the San Francisco 49ers and is biracial with an African father and an American mother, Heidi Russo. His parents gave him up for adoption at birth to a Caucasian family.
The 28-years-old athlete later explained the reason for his action to NFL media saying, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
While Colin Kaepernick was criticized by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart who said Kaepernick was an “idiot who needs to learn the fact about police before running his dumbass mouth,” former NFL player and current NFL analyst Rodney Harrison got into trouble for saying Kaepernick was not even “black” to be defending black people.
49ers won’t sanction Kaepernick
The San Francisco 49ers also released a statement saying it was an individual’s right to participate in the anthem or not.
The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens.
In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.
The club also said he’s still a member of the team. He is thus expected to play in another game in November.
Watch John Legend sing the National Anthem.