Justine Skye drops knee during performance of national anthem at Nets game

Annette Crawford
October 21, 2017

Justine Skye was singing the Star Spangled Banner before a Brooklyn Nets home game and made a decision to take a knee during the performance and received a mixed reaction from the crowd.

The crowd reacted to her actions with mostly boos, according to the Associated Press.

The anthem performer was Justine Skye, a recording artist for Roc Nation, which was founded by former Nets minority owner Jay Z. The league has a rule requiring players to stand.

A singer performing the U.S. national anthem before an NBA game has taken part in a protest to highlight racial inequality by dropping to one knee.

The Nets put out a statement following the game that they were unaware the anthem performer was going to take a knee.

"We will not be silenced", she said, adding an emoji of a clenched fist and the hashtag #blacklivesmatter. Last December in Philadelphia, Sevyn Streeter performed the anthem wearing a "We Matter" jersey before the 76ers' game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Following backlash from players and other members of the organization, the 76ers apologized to Streeter two days later and invited her to sing at a future game.

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