Singer Takes Knee During National Anthem At Sacramento Kings Game

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The day after the first Kings’ preseason game, the buzz is all about what happened before the first play. Singer Leah Tysse took the microphone to sing the national anthem, then she took a knee – and took the audience by surprise.

“She wants to kneel, let her kneel, she sees disparities, there are disparities!” said Kings fan Karla Mendoza.

Bay Area Singer Leah Tysse took the opportunity to make a statement of her own on Tuesday night by kneeling on the court while singing the national anthem.

She explained her decision on Facebook:  “Taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over without a drop of accountability.”

It started with football player Colin Kaepernick who knelt during a football game back in September. And as other players around the country have followed suit, Kings fan Karla Mendoza said they have every right to

“I think that’s his right and I think we’re holding athletes to standards that they shouldn’t be held to,” said Menzoda.

But some veterans like Martin Walker don’t believe it wasn’t the time or place to make a political statement.

“I’m not crazy for that at all,” said Air Force Veteran Martin Walker. “It sends a bad message to other people in our country, and it definitely sends a bad message around the world.”

And Army veteran Alfred Haney said Tysse kneeling sent chills down his spine.

“I think the national anthem should be respected as is,” Haney said.

But Mendoza said you can make a statement and still respect the U. S. at the same time.

“I love this country, it doesn’t mean that I disagree with the people kneeling,” she said

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  1. G says:

    “The league has said it is working with players to figure out the best way for players to express themselves during the anthem”
    Really? How about just stand there? Pretty simple. It isn’t just about you. If you’ve got a Byotch about something as an professional athlete you can get airtime in many ways for your cause.
    Your job as an individual with any team when it’s game on is to become one heartbeat on that team with one goal as a team to WIN. At game time, nothing in your outside life matters, let it all go and play.

  2. Frank Romo says:

    You were paid for your performance, you should’ve kept it professional and your politics in check, so that pretty well sums it up. You won’t be asked to sing here anytime soon…

    1. RA says:

      An interesting way to get noticed. For those of us whose Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles, Cousins, Husbands, Brothers, and Friends served in the Military, as well as Family or Friends who have served or serve in the Police force, and have paid a price, some with their very lives to protect and honor our Country, and what the flag stands for…this is as Ginsburg said. Legal…but Dumb/

      1. G says:

        I’ll go with Stupid. You can fix dumb, stupid is forever.

  3. RedSkin Black says:

    YES>>>>>>>>>>>YES< YES I'm VERY Proud of Her. She took a knee AGAINST Racism. People need to stop saying that they need to lose their jobs for EXERCISING their RIGHTS in the USA. If they can't kneel, then Gays can't marry, Trannys can't use the women's bathroom,
    christians can REFUSE to make wedding Cakes for GAY Couples and ON AND ON. HYPOCRITES the lot of you. I will NO LONGER Stand for the Nathional Anthem.

  4. Zaidi B says:

    You can’t love county, if you’re not being truthful about the ‘Truth’ of what your country represents: racism and ‘White Privilege’!! It’s called ‘TOUGH LOVE’, and its the only for you and your country to resolve its ongoing racist legacy, and grow into a nation of fairness and TRUE EQUALITY. It’s all about having a dialogue about race. You may not like itl but your resistance to having the conversation is why it is so!!!

    1. John Mitchell says:

      You couldn’t fit more buzzwords into your comment if you tried. No one on your side is interested in having a “conversation” about these issues. They only want to lecture, and talk within very narrow guidelines. Evidence of this is that any ideas that go against your line of thinking are immediately shut down. I’ll also add that “white privilege” doesn’t exist any more than black privilege, or female privilege, for example.

  5. Zaidi B says:

    You can’t say yoiu love your county, if you’re not being truthful about what your country represents: racism and ‘White Privilege’!! It’s called ‘TOUGH LOVE’, and its the only for you and your country to resolve its ongoing racist legacy, and grow into a nation of fairness and TRUE EQUALITY. It’s all about having a dialogue about race. You may not like it; but your resistance to having the conversation, in the first place, that makes it is so!!!

  6. Zaidi B says:

    You can’t say you love your country, if you’re not being truthful about what your country represents: racism and ‘White Privilege’!! It’s called ‘TOUGH LOVE’, and its the only way for you and your country to resolve its ongoing racist legacy, and grow into a nation of fairness and TRUE EQUALITY. It’s all about having a dialogue about race. You may not like it; but your resistance to having the conversation, in the first place, that makes it is so!!! When America owns up to being “The land of the free”, you can’t sing those words without being delusional!!!

  7. HELL IN A HANDBASKET says:

    Zaidi B our country does NOT represent racism you dolt… you don’t like it here bud? GET DAFUQ OUT! see if Afghanistan will take you in and treat you better..

    1. G says:

      What do expect? They had to post 3 times in a row. How can you take anything seriously that comes out of their mouth?

    2. Zaidi B says:

      Thanks for proving my point.

  8. God Bless her and keep her safe

  9. CommonCents says:

    So the national anthem is racist and she must degrade and disrespect it by taking a knee. Why doesn’t she do a few ride alongs’ with a cop so she can get a taste of reality?

    1. G says:

      And she had No comment? Freaking go along with Kap. At least he said why he did it and he also put his money where his mouth was and donated 1 million to charities. And per the tv news video. They said nothing about twice as many Whites were killed than Blacks by cops.

  10. Kings management, ownership, even the NBA are supporting these players, singers.
    Every dollar you spend at the arena, pays the salaries of these hateful players and singers.
    The Kings will stink it up with another 50-loss season, so why waste your money on them and their police-hate politics.

  11. Amen, Josef. Hate my country– you r banned from my cash and viewing.

    1. Keep your coins, sugar. As a veteran who despises the injustice people like me face, much respect to this young lady, and I wish her continued success. YOUR country, indeed! Explain that one

  12. Manny says:

    Is it political when the police kill unarmed blacks? Are they making a political statement? How did we make loss of innocent lives political? If it were happening to white Americans in an unprecedented manner, would protesting be considered political?

    1. John Mitchell says:

      There is no difference in the arrest related kill rate between whites, blacks, hispanics, or asians. For every 10,000 people under arrest, just 1 of them is killed by police regardless of race. This includes unarmed as well. The media just reports in a very biased way, making it appear as though police are waging a war on blacks when the data show no racial prejudice.

  13. All these halfwits obviously don’t have a family member in the military and never did.

  14. All American struggle with idiots says:

    Way to be an American you lil disrespectful B. In a time of turmoil in this country we need to unite not divide, cause then we will fall.

  15. white and right says:

    The WNBA does this because NOBODY CARES about the WNBA the NBA funds it.. WHite privlige? Im white Ive been beaten by cops, Ive lived in the inner city of predominantly African american cities Ive seen people shot in the street had friends overdose … G*d damn You all act as if white people all live like its primrose lane damn man
    I hate that term white privilege…

    1. G says:

      And nowhere is it mentioned that twice as many so called white privileged people are shot and killed by police than black. Like they say, dazzle them with BS when you can’t get them with the facts.

  16. Jill Karriker says:

    Shame on all of you. If you do not respect this County or feel like you are being oppressed here, please feel free to go somewhere else. I would gladly purchase your one way ticket. Why would you even sing that song if don’t believe in what it stands for? Get over it……………..

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