Baltimore Ravens national chant singer Joey Odoms announced his resignation Tuesday — two days after hundreds of NFL players stooped during “The Star-Spangled Banner, ” including several Ravens players.
Odoms, a Maryland National Guard member who served in Afghanistan, announced the keep it moving a Facebook and Instagram post, The Baltimore Sun reported.
“The sound/ any act of a large number of NFL followers in the midst of our country’s racial crisis have persuaded me that I do not belong there, ” Odoms wrote. “Someone once told me to always ‘go where you’re welcomed.’ This is not an psychological reaction to recent events, rather an ethical decision that part of me regrets but my core knows is the right choice.”
Odom intention his post by thanking his love “for the opportunity to grow as a performer and for allowing me to live out a dream of sharing my gift with you.”
Kevin Byrne, a major vice president of the team’s public and community ties-in, established Odoms’ resignation to The Baltimore Sun.
“We vastly regard the direct Joey did for us and we thank him, ” Byrne told The Baltimore Sun.
Sunday began with members of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens either taking a knee or fastening limbs as the U.S. national hymn was sung at London’s Wembley Stadium. Those who were not kneeling, includes the managers on both teams and Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, locked arms during the national psalm. The participates then held up for “God Save the Queen, ” the British anthem.
The protests were in response to President Trump’s criticisms Friday night during a rallying for Alabama’s Senate primary.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of the following options NFL proprietors, when somebody disrespects our signal, to say ‘get that lad of a b —- off the field right now? Out! He’s fired! He’s fuelled, ‘” Trump told the crowd.
Trump’s remarks sparked assessment from a number of professional players and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“Divisive statements like these reveal an inauspiciou lack of respect for the NFL, our great tournament and all of our participates, and a failure to understand the overwhelming push for good our sororities and players represent in local communities, ” Goodell said.
More than 200 participates around the NFL knelt or sat during the national psalm on Sunday, according to The Associated Press.
The Baltimore Sun declared that Ravens love had varied reactions to the display with some commending the players and others pledging to stop buying tickets and discontinue their support for the team.
Odoms, a onetime 911 motorist, received the position ahead of eight other finalists to sing the anthem at home recreations, The Baltimore Sun reported. The crooner expressed interest in the job after matching John Harbaugh, the Ravens coach, during his 2013 expedition in Afghanistan.