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”.
“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.”