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Negative reaction to protests leads Ravens' anthem singer to resign

29 Septembre 2017

More than 200 players around the NFL knelt or sat during the national anthem on Sunday, according to The Associated Press.

Joey Odoms, the combat veteran who won a competition in 2014 to become the national anthem singer at Baltimore Ravens home games at M&T Bank Stadium, has resigned from his position, a team spokesperson confirmed Tuesday evening.

"I felt the National Football League the players, the coaches, the staff, everybody got called out saying we can't do something that's in our right". The team confirmed his resignation shortly after he made the public post on Instagram. "We are sorry for all of our fans who are upset about the things that went down, and I think we'll come together and all of this will be out the window".

Odoms, 28, does not feel the players were attempting to disrespect the military or country.

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More than 150 players from almost every NFL team knelt during the national anthem yesterday - including 16 New England Patriots - with more like Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and all the Houston Texans locking arms with each other in solidarity, in protest of Trump's comments Friday calling for players who do not stand for the anthem to be fired.

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"A lot of guys on this team were affected a great deal with what our president said, emotionally", safety Eric Weddle said. "These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!" Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers in 2017, but no team has signed him since.

"Most fans accepted me as a veteran, former 911 operator, patriot and singer of the anthem, but far too many fans seemed to reject issues that affect not just me, a black veteran and an American, but all of us", said Odoms, who left the military a year ago as a sergeant.

CBS and FOX were televising the national-anthem performance during their coverage of each of the games, something that isn't always included in the telecast.

Odoms thanked fans "for allowing me to live out a dream of sharing my gift with you". It is not deemed unpatriotic, for example, that the cast of "Hamilton" doesn't perform the "Star-Spangled Banner" before their actual performance or that the anthem isn't played before showings of "It".

Odoms grew up in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. Odoms was stationed at the base at the time and Harbaugh was visiting.

Negative reaction to protests leads Ravens' anthem singer to resign