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Everybody loves it when police officers sing the national anthem before sporting events - or so we thought.

ESPN Magazine's Howard Bryant wrote in a new column that cops singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" is "staged patriotism," arguing that it signals an "authoritarian shift at the ballpark."

"Why don’t more athletes speak out on behalf of their communities?" Bryant wrote. "Perhaps more of them would if there wasn’t a chilling force looming over them."

This morning, the "Fox and Friends Weekend" co-hosts took exception with Bryant's column and his assertion that these performances of the national anthem are examples of systemic racism in America.

"What is the problem here with expressing some patriotism?" Anna Kooiman asked, pointing out that this comes after recent attacks on the Pledge of Allegiance and the Declaration of Independence.

Peter Doocy wondered why ESPN is putting this type of content on one of their major platforms in the first place.

"People don't go to ESPN for racially inflammatory political views," he said. "They want to hear about Steph Curry and whether his defense is any good."

Let us know what you think in the comments.


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