The Brooklyn Nets had their home opener Friday night at Barclays Center against Orlando Magic, but the game isn’t what people are talking about today. Singer Justine Skye, a native of the New York City, brought controversy to the game by taking a knee after performing the national anthem.
Many fans in the stands immediately started booing her for such disrespect to our flag, country and military, according the the Associated Press.
The national anthem singer here in Brooklyn took a knee at the end of her performance. More boos than cheers from the fans.
— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) October 20, 2017
Skye appeared to brag about her atrocious actions on Instagram after the game by posting a video.
Unlike the NFL, the NBA has a rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem. Players from both the Nets and the Orlando Magic stood along the foul line during her performance.
It appears she’s just jumping on the bandwagon of anthem singers protesting our country. Just last week, former American Idol singer Jessica Sanchez took a knee after performing the anthem at a Raiders game.
Skye is a recording artist on fellow Brooklynite Jay Z’s record label, Rock Nation.
A spokeswoman for the Nets said it was unaware that Skye was planning to take a knee. “We recognize that tonight’s national anthem singer kneeled briefly at the end of her performance and we were not aware that she was going to do so,” she said.