VIDEO: Singer At Miami Heat Game Kneels For National Anthem, ‘Most Patriotic Thing I Could Do’
By Andre Vergara, Fox Sports // October 22, 2016
Also wore a "Black Lives Matter" T-shirt
— The SongBird (@DenasiaLawrence) October 22, 2016
ABOVE VIDEO: National anthem singer Denasia Lawrence kneeled during her performance before the Miami Heat’s game Friday night, while wearing a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt under her jacket.
(FOX SPORTS) – National anthem singer Denasia Lawrence kneeled during her performance before the Miami Heat’s game Friday night, while wearing a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt under her jacket.
The Heat released a statement saying “We were unaware of it ahead of time.”
It’s the second time in as many weeks that a singer has kneeled while performing the anthem before an NBA exhibition game.
Leah Tysse took a knee at the end of her performance before a Sacramento Kings game, then explained her actions on social media.
“I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans,” Tysse wrote on Facebook.
“I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability.”
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