SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A singer from Berkeley took a knee while singing the national anthem at the Kings’ preseason game at Golden 1 Center.
Many people are outraged.READ MORE: Sacramento Judge Rejects US Bid To Send Refugee To Iraq In Terror Case
“It was an amazing night,” Sonia Susac said. “And to have today be about a political statement is infuriating to me.”
Sonia Susac is stunned.
“She took something away from us that night,” Susac said.
Susac was in the group of Albie Aware Breast Cancer survivors for a “Pink in the Paint” event at the Golden 1 Center with national anthem singer Leah Tysse, a one-year survivor, when Tysse finished singing the anthem by dropping to one knee.
”And I just didn’t want to believe it, but I was watching it with my own eye,” Susac said.
Susac calls Tysse’s decision a distraction, taking focus off a sisterhood of breast cancer survivors.READ MORE: City Of Davis Cancels Annual Fourth Of July Celebration Due To Public Health Risks
“And it was supposed to be about healing, awareness, and promoting the cause, and promoting helping women,” Susac said. “And instead we were talking about something completely different today.”
Tysse explained her decision on Facebook, with a post reading in part:
“I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans.”
Kneeling during the national anthem has become a symbol of protest against racial injustice. Kings players locked arms during the length of the anthem in a show of solidarity.
The Kings organization issued a statement reading: “We respect the personal decision of Leah Tysse to exercise her freedom of speech.”
For Susac, Tysse’s kneel turned breast cancer survivors at the Golden 1 Center into a sidenote.MORE NEWS: ‘Kill Me;’ Stunning BodyCam Video Of Danville Police Shooting Released; Officer Faces Charges In Prior Suspect Killing
“I had no idea she was going to do that, no idea,” Susac said. “And she’s gifted with a beautiful voice, but she should stick to singing.”