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Gladys Knight to Sing Anthem at Super Bowl — She Has a Message for Kaepernick

Legendary soul singer Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem during Super Bowl LIII — and she’s hoping to reclaim the patriotic song from Colin Kaepernick and the NFL kneelers.

Knight, an icon who actually lived through the civil rights movement, blasted Kaepernick’s decision to drag the national anthem into his protest in response to a question from Variety.

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice. It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone,” she wrote.

She continued; “I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good — I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII.”

Knight went on to express her deep desire for her performance of the National Anthem will bring Americans of all colors together on Super Bowl Sunday.

“No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it,” she added. “I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us.”

The odds of any player taking a knee and disrespecting the larger-than-life legend are slim to none.

Kaepernick started his national anthem protest years ago, prompting several other NFL players to follow his lead. His protest was wildly unpopular with most Americans.

His mediocre play made it hard for him to find a new NFL team and he eventually was forced into retirement. He is now known more for his activism than his football skills.

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  • BA says:

    This wonderful singer and lady is a hero this is who the black community should emulate NOT KaperDICKhead or crap rappers and the no talent digital “singers” from today that have a gimmick and not talent…THANKS mS. KNIGHT

  • Bob Hunt says:

    Gladys Knight is my kinda Lady!

  • Linda says:

    God Bless her heart, she speaks for most of us, of ALL colors. It breaks my heart when folks like, Colin Kaepernick, try to divide us, and put us separate “boxes” from our brethren of varied colors. We all have the same Father in heaven.

  • william Souther says:

    I believe this is what is commonly referred to as big ‘ol “CLAP BACK” in that culture.

  • Kevin Gravett says:

    Sorry to inform the NFL but I haven’t watched a single football game in 3 years and I try my best to avoid buying anything from any of it’s sponsors. I love football and have been a life long Bears fan but I love my country even more and would NEVER do anything to disrespect it. You can tell Kaepernick Thank You very much for all the millions of dollars lost since he started this BS 3 years ago.

  • Rich says:

    I stopped watching the NFL and buying from their sponsors since their nitwit players began the “Kneel”..if you have a gripe fine….but not at the cost of disgracing our flag and country.and making a total ass out of your selves with your stupid trick….Gripe at the right time and place…you have a right to what you think BUT you have no right to take it out on our flag and/or our National Anthem Grow up and GOD bless Gladys Knight.

  • Sandra McDonald says:

    Glades Knight. Thank you. Nice to see those who fought so hard in the civil rights movement and all through the years tell it like it is. I don’t mind their protesting. That is how we make change but as you say bringing the National Anthem and our flag into it was a bad move. They should have gotten out on the streets and marched like in the sixties. Anyone can take a knee.. Doesn’t take much time or effort. I am sure even though I won’t be watching as I am protesting the NFL for letting this ever happening I am sure you will do a beautiful rendition of it. Hopefully I will see it on the news.

  • kat says:

    A great singer and smart lady.

  • Dragonfly43 says:

    I no longer watch games thanks to Krapernick! I think it’s a real disgrace that layers are allowed to do this without any consequenses!

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