NFL players weren’t the only ones who wereon Sunday. Two singers also got involved in the protest while singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at games in Detroit and Nashville.
The first protest from a singer came in Detroit from local artist from Rico LaVelle, who belted out the anthem before the Lions game against the Falcons. Although LaVelle stood for most of the national anthem, he took a knee and raised his fist before singing the last word, “Brave.”
You can see the last 20 seconds of LaVelle’s rendition of the anthem below, which includes the part where he takes a knee.
Roughly three hours after LaVelle’s protest, another singer decided to take a knee in Nashville.
This time it was Meghan Linsey, who sang the national anthem before the Titans‘ game against the Seahawks. Linsey, who was a contestant on the eighth season of “The Voice,” took a knee with her guitarist, Tyler Cain, as she sang the last note of the song.
You can see Linsey’s entire performance below.
Although Linsey had long known that she would be singing the national anthem on Sunday, she didn’t make a decision on taking a knee until she heard Donald Trump’s.
“Until [Saturday], I didn’t even think about it that much,” Linsey told Yahoo Music on Sunday. “Then I was thinking about the things that [Trump] said [Friday night], and I thought, ‘Man, it really does need to be addressed, and I think I’m in a position to take a stand and hopefully make a difference.”http://www.cbssports.com/”
At that point, Linsey decided that she would take a stand by kneeling.
“I have a lot of African-American friends, and they can’t stand alone,” Linsey said. “I couldn’t have gone out there and not done anything and felt good about it, because I have always built this platform on empowerment and loving people — whatever color, whatever sexual orientation … You’re making a choice when you walk out…