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Singer Justine Skye takes a knee before Brooklyn Nets' NBA opener

Singer Justine Skye takes a knee before Brooklyn Nets' NBA opener”

Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) drives to the basket against Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in NY.

During the home opener for the Brooklyn Nets on Friday evening (Oct. 20), the fellow Brooklynite chose to take a knee while singing the national anthem at the Barclays Center, a gesture that she says was necessary in order to continue the protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

The anthem performer was Justine Skye, a recording artist for Roc Nation, which was founded by former Nets minority owner Jay Z.

"Got a bit shaky at the end... was pretty uneasy about singing the anthem and probably won't ever be invited to sing it again", Skye later posted on Instagram.

"We will not be silenced", she posted on Instagram with the hashtag "blacklivesmatter".

Players from both teams stood along the foul lines during her performance, as National Basketball Association players have continued to do.

United States president Donald Trump has expressed his disappointment with NFL players who failed to stand for the national anthem branding it as disrespectful to the country's military.

The Nets put out a statement following the game that they were unaware the anthem performer was going to take a knee.

Nets players locked arms while she sang.



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