Singer Takes Knee During Anthem Before Brooklyn Nets Game


Singer Takes Knee During Anthem Before Brooklyn Nets Game

While the NBA has already reiterated that their players will be punished for taking a knee during the national anthem, it appears those rules might not be as binding for performers.

Singer Justine Skye took a knee while singing the finale of the national anthem before the Brooklyn Nets home opener on Friday night. Though they were not allowed to join in the kneeling, players from the Nets all locked arms while she sang. According to ABC News, the action was met with a “mix of cheers and boos”.

On Instagram, the singer wrote:

“Got a bit shaky at the end.. was pretty uneasy about singing the anthem and probably won’t ever be invited to sing it again but I had to take a knee for the opening game in my city and let my voice be heard. We will not be silenced #blacklivesmatter.”

Justine Skye is currently signed to Roc Nation, rapper Jay-Z’s record label. The rapper also briefly owned a small part of the Brooklyn Nets team (0.16%), but sold his share in 2013.
As could be expected, the singer’s action had a mixed reception on social media:
A spokeswoman for the Nets later told reporters they were “unaware” that Skye intended to take a knee during her performance. While they ended up winning their game, the Nets season is already off the a rocky start. They’re currently 1-1 and point guard Jeremy Lin is likely to miss the rest of the season with a ruptured tendon in his right knee.
The Brooklyn Nets third matchup takes place this afternoon (August 22 @ 3:30 pm) against the Atlanta Hawks.

2 Responses to "Singer Takes Knee During Anthem Before Brooklyn Nets Game"

  1. Patti G.   Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I honor Justine Skye for taking a knee and support any NFL player that does so. America’s tradition of racism must be challenged!

  2. Joe   Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Don’t worry racists…you still have water-polo, and badminton! Lawn darts! Mmmm…checkers anyone!