In what may be the interesting personnel move resulting from the anthem protests yet, the Baltimore Ravens’ official national anthem singer has resigned.
In an Instagram post yesterday, that has since been deleted, Joey Odoms said he is resigning from the position saying he no longer “feels welcomed.” You can read his words below.
“The tone/actions of a large number of NFL fans in the midst of our country’s cultural crisis, have convinced me that I do not belong there,” writes Odoms, who is a member of the Maryland Army National Guard and a Baltimore native.
Odoms—who has held the position since 2014—is a military veteran who met Ravens head coach John Harbaugh during a visit to Odoms’ military base in Afghanistan.
It was then that Odoms expressed interest in singing the anthem.
And now he feels he must walk away from what he called “living out a dream of sharing my gift.”
It’s important to point out here that Odoms says as a member of the military, he is not offended by the players’ actions.
“I support the protest personally,” said Odoms. “I fought for that right, but I don’t like people using people like me to attack those people who are exercising their right.”
But, like a good soldier, he’s well of aware of the volatile surroundings in the stadium right now and when pressed for his position wisely said, “If I express how I feel, a segment of the fanbase would attack me.”
Good soldier, protect the people around you—even if it is from themselves.
Source: CBS Baltimore