Gladys Knight has released a statement clarifying her stance on the NFL's treatment of Colin Kaepernick.
Gladys Knight was tapped to perform the National Anthem during the Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta and accepted despite the controversy surrounding the event.
“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice. It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone," she told Variety.
“I am here today and on Sunday, February 3rd to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good — I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII.”
There is backlash against all of the performers who've accepted the NFL's invitation and even a petition that they take a knee.
Travis Scott's camp allegedly claimed that he had spoken to Kaepernick before accepting, but Kap firmly denies the rumors.