The Sacramento Kings first home preseason game was overshadowed before it even began thanks to singer Leah Tysse. The singer took the microphone to sing the national anthem, then she shocked the world by taking a knee.

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She explained her decision on Facebook: “Taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over without a drop of accountability.”

See the moment and her full statement below.

#PressPlay: Singer #LeahTysse took a knee while she sang the National Anthem this evening

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