Singer kneels during National Anthem at NBA pre-season game

SACRAMENTO, CA (WCMH) — The woman is receiving praise and criticism after she took a knee while singing the Star Spangled Banner before the Sacramento Kings pre-season game.

According to KOVR, Leah Tysse was asked to sing Monday at the game of the NBA team, and took the opportunity to make a statement. While singing the national anthem, she dropped to her knees in protest.

“I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over with a drop of accountability,” Tysse wrote on her Facebook page.

Since her demonstration, Tysse has received both positive and negative reactions.

“I’m not a bit pleased with it,” Army veteran Alfred Haney told KOVR. “I think the national anthem should be respected.”

But Karla Mendoza, a Kings fan, said even if people don’t like it, Tysse had the right to do what she did. “I love this country, it doesn’t mean that I disagree with the people kneeling.”

The NBA has rules that require players to stand during the national anthem, but is working to find a the best way for players to express themselves.

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