Ravens fans boo hell out of own team for pre-anthem statement
Ravens national anthem singer Joey Odoms quit this week because of the fan reaction to player protest.
This is what he was talking about.
Before the Ravens hosted the Steelers on Sunday, the Baltimore team stepped to the sideline and took a knee as the PA announcer asked the stadium to take a moment “to pray that we as a nation embrace kindness, unity, equality and justice for all Americans.”
The fans poured boos down upon their favorite players, about to face off against the team’s blood rivals, as they knelt for the moment in prayer. The Ravens then rose as one and stood for the anthem.
On the opposing sidelines, Pittsburgh all stood a week after the team tried to abstain from the national anthem altogether — which then was construed as its own protest.
Last week, some Ravens had taken a knee before their game in London, amid a firestorm from President Trump, who urged owners to fire the “son of a bitch” who protests during the anthem.
Trump has not relented, tweeting Saturday that it’s “Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!”
The protest has tapered off this week, as owners request their players to stand and fans increasingly show their displeasure with athletes who follow the movement begun by Colin Kaepernick, who cited racism to explain why he would not stand for the anthem.
Last week, New England heartily booed the Patriots before and after the anthem, as much of the team took a knee.