Rapper and songwriter Chris Brown agrees with what 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands for. Brown did his own protest by sitting during the singing of the US national anthem at a charity basketball on Sunday.
TMZ reported that Brown was at a charity basketball game on the day the world commemorated the 15th year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In a video, Tank encouraged everyone inside the gym to stand and join him in singing the national anthem. As everyone stood up in silence, Brown could be seen sitting and nodding his head as if acknowledging Tank’s performance.
“I understand everybody is exercising their right to stand or to sit. And to exercise my right to freedom of justice,” Tank says before singing the national anthem. “But in the wake of 9/11, please understand and respect the fact that real men, women and children lost their lives for this very thing we are able to stand for today. For this very place that we’re in, for this interaction, for this moment.”
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However, Brown’s action did not go unnoticed by his fans and trolls as they took on Twitter to express their disgust for his action. However, one fan questioned the others for hating Brown for not standing during the singing of the national anthem.
In a now deleted post on Instagram, Brown expressed his support to the cause that Kaepernick is fighting for. Brown added that Kaepernick is the best example of someone who would stand up for what he thinks is right and for setting an example.
Kaepernick has explained why he would not standing up for the US national anthem. He stated that it is more than football and that he will not stand until racial oppression against people of color ends on US soil.
Aside from Brown, many athletes aside from football have joined Kaepernick’s cause. They have either taken a knee, raised a fist or sat down in support of people not only oppressed but killed because of the color of their skin.
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