Viral NBA National Anthem Singer Kneels in Protest During Performance
A woman chosen to sing the national anthem at an NBA game in Miami yesterday took a knee as she gave her performance, Abby Huntsman reported on Fox & Friends.
Denasia Lawrence, described by a source to the Sun-Sentinel as a part-time Miami Heat operations employee, knelt as she performed the Star-Spangled Banner at American Airlines Arena, where the Heat were hosting the Philadelphia 76ers.
Lawrence posted on her Facebook page about the incident, saying she wanted to recognize the "war on black and brown bodies", adding that minorities are being "unjustly killed and overly criminalized."
"I took the opportunity to sing AND kneel; to show that we belong in this country AND that we have the right to respectfully protest injustices against us," she wrote, "I took the opportunity to sing AND kneel to show that, I too, am America."
"I didn’t get paid to sing the national anthem; nor was this moment about any sort of fame. Black Lives Matter is far larger than a hashtag, it’s a rallying cry,"
Video of the performance also shows Lawrence wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt.
In a statement, the Miami Heat said they were "unaware" of Lawrence's plan prior to the game, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that standing for the anthem is the "appropriate thing to do."