Despite some setback for his decision, Gladys Knight defends her upcoming appearance on the Super Bowl LIII, which releases a statement in response to Variety on Friday.
The award-winning song stress and Atlanta natives are on the verge of being the national Anthem singer for this year's biggest game, but she suffered a slight setback to attend despite previous NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protests against racist injustice during national the anthem in 201
"I understand that Mr Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are the violence and injustice of the police. It is unfortunate that our national anthem has been drawn into this debate when the peculiar senses of the national anthem and fighting for justice each must stand in peace. "Knight said Friday.
Knight continued in his opinion …
"I'm here today and Sunday February 3 to give Anthem his voice again to stand for the historical choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and freeing it from the same prejudices and battles, I have struggled long and hard for my whole life, from going back in times, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice to good. "
" I have been in charge of this battle longer than most of those who express their opinions to win the right to sing our country's Anthem at a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII. "
" Whatever chooses to divert with this narrative and continues to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by everyone speaking it. "
" I pray that this national anthem will bring us together in a way that never before have witnessed, and we can move forward and remove these truths, why not so much to us all. "
Several recording artists such as Rihanna and Cardi B declined to participate in the celebrations in support of Colin Kaepernick, who still has a lawsuit against the league accusing the NFL and the owners of accusing him of holding him out because of his attitude in 2016.