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Gladys Knight will be singing the National Anthem at Super Bowl LIII in February. The announcement comes just days after Travis Scott and Big Boi were confirmed to be performing along with Maroon 5 at this year’s halftime show.

Following the news that Atlanta-native soul singer Gladys Knight will perform the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl, the star is speaking out about Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling and the slew of controversy surrounding the NFL in recent years.

Knight, an icon who actually lived through the civil rights movement, blasted Kaepernick’s decision to drag the national anthem into his protest in response to a question from Variety.

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice. It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”

“I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good.”

“I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII.”

Knight went on to express her deep desire for her performance of the National Anthem will bring Americans of all colors together on Super Bowl Sunday.

“No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it,” she added. “I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us.”

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The star concluded her statement saying she hopes the confusion of the two messages can blend into one lesson of unity for America, which she hopes to kickstart when she sings the anthem at the Super Bowl.

Kaepernick has played a part in the ongoing Super Bowl debate, even from outside the NFL. It was previously revealed that he spoke with rapper Travis Scott before he agreed to perform alongside Maroon 5 at the Atlanta game.

Scott, 26, reportedly consulted with Kaepernick before confirming the appearance. The two didn’t agree on Scott performing but came away with a mutual understanding over why he would be performing.

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58 Comments

58 Comments

  1. Richard

    January 18, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    God Bless You Gladys Knight. Been lovin you for 60 years.

    • Grace Joy

      January 19, 2019 at 12:32 am

      Amen!

    • Loretta Pugliese

      January 19, 2019 at 3:05 am

      God bless you Ms. Knight. I’ve always been a fan but your honesty, patriotism and integrity in this matter overwhelms me. I have such respect for your courage to speak out.

    • Linda Cardin

      January 19, 2019 at 4:07 am

      Richard Thank you. I love Gladys Knight and hope to hear her sing.

    • Daniel Winfield

      January 19, 2019 at 5:49 pm

      I love you, Gladys. I love what you are doing. –a white boy

    • gerald diamond

      February 5, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      your a good lady and a great singer and sang great at the super we love you .

  2. Kevin

    January 18, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Good for her and f craperdick

  3. David

    January 18, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    I may now watch it, great words from a great Lady. If any of the players do not respect her singing this then they are lost dark souls.

    • Olivia

      January 19, 2019 at 12:08 am

      You know,if you were thinking of boycotting the Superbowl because you couldn’t handle the idea of a black player kneeling instead of standing, then you’re one of those she’s speaking to—because you’re using the National Anthem as a political weapon, instead of respecting it as a symbol of this country.

      If you expect Colin Kaepernick to treat it thusly, then you ought to be prepared to do so yourself. After all, kneeling before the flag is a good deal more respectful than ditching the ceremony altogether (as you were obviously considering), simply because you don’t like Kaepernick’s stance.

      I never could understand why it’s important to play the National Anthem at a domestic game, anyway. Maybe because it’s a cheap and easy way to get the crowd to stop talking and start paying attention?

      • Isabel

        January 19, 2019 at 12:17 am

        Olivia, you sound like a true moron!

      • Jake

        January 19, 2019 at 12:18 am

        Olivia, have you ever been in the military? Have you ever been overseas? If you have not and you don’t see the big picture, you probably never will. You’ll not experience those things that mean so much to most Americans, such as the relief you would realize when the aircraft you’re in touches down on US soil after your years in some foreign country where you as an American are never safe, you have no clean water, no sense of security, no basic needs that you may take for granted back home. Then perhaps you would have more pride in our country, our history, and our place in the world’s envious view. People are dying to get here every single day and if you’ve been overseas you would understand their hunger for what we have.

        • Elliott

          January 19, 2019 at 12:49 am

          Jake ive been in your shoes how true it is

        • Mary Murphy

          January 19, 2019 at 2:54 am

          Thank you!!

        • cecil

          January 19, 2019 at 2:44 pm

          Thank you Jake for bringing everything to light, Olivia probably doesn’t get out of her house much.

      • Keith Foster

        January 19, 2019 at 12:18 am

        You’re a nitwit, that’s why you can’t understand playing the National Anthem and why you misconstrue boycotting the watching of the game.

        • Helga Renfro

          January 20, 2019 at 5:56 am

          I am very happy to hear Glad’s Knight sing our anthem. Since Colin started this mess I miss hearing it. Thank you GLADY’S.

      • Don blaze

        January 19, 2019 at 12:30 am

        Total dimwit comment. Obviously nobody in your family served in the military.

      • Grace Joy

        January 19, 2019 at 12:32 am

        You say it’s about a “black player kneeling;” but it’s actually about a racist doing his best to undermine US for the sake of Is lam. Racists like YOU undermine our culture; & take us hostage for your Leftist agenda.

        Boycotting football isn’t about “ditching the ceremony altogether:” It’s about boycotting football because racists like you have ruined it for your Leftist, Is lamic, political agenda.

        That you think the only reason the anthem is sung at games is because it’s a “cheap & easy way to get the crowd to stop talking” shows that you insult it because you don’t care about it; & know Americans do. You use it as a tool; & project everything you do onto those you want to destroy & replace, as per your satanic master Allah.

        You h8 USA so much, love Is lam? There are 22 A rab countries encompassing the entire M.E. & N Africa; & 56 countries under Is lamic rule. In excess of 670 million infidels were slaughtered for this to happen; & countless others have been ensla ved. You like this so much? GTF out of USA, let them cut your p*ssy off, & become the 4th wife to a man who will have the right to beat you. The good news? You’re allowed to ensla ve infidels; & you’re obviously someone who likes to force others to your will. You’ll love it. Go now.

        From Stage 2 of Is lam’s 4 Stages of Is lamic conquest, CONSOLIDATION OF POWER:

        -Efforts to convert alienated segments of the population to Is lam.

        -Revisionist efforts to Is lamize history.

        -Efforts to destroy historic evidence that reveal true Islamism.

        -Increased anti-western propaganda and psychological warfare.

        -Efforts to recruit allies who share similar goals (communists, anarchists).

        -Covert efforts to bring about the destruction of host society from within.

        From Stage 3, OPEN WAR w/ LEADERSHIP & CULTURE:

        -Intentional efforts to undermine the host government & culture.

        -Rejection and defiance of host society secular laws or culture.

        https://civilusdefendus.wordpress.com/civil-defense/4-stages-of-islamic-conquest/

      • Pam Torres

        January 19, 2019 at 12:55 am

        You’re wrong. My not watching NFL games, including the Superbowl, has to do with the people choosing to kneel instead of standing as a form of disrespect, and the owners of the teams that are covering the fines for them or not assessing them at all, continuing the disrespect. I refuse to put any money towards these people. I’m letting my money speak for me. If we hit the owners with a loss, they can’t pay as much to their athletes, so between the unhappy owners and angry teammates, not to mention their own loss of income, the pressure will hopefully stop this behavior, and find other avenues to express their dissatisfaction with the cops, etc. That’s right: I support the ideals of those athletes, just not how they are expressing it. As a wife, stepmother and grandmother of military members present, past and hopefully future, I cannot abide disrespecting the symbols of theirs, and so many others’, sacrifices.

      • Michael

        January 19, 2019 at 12:58 am

        Olivia, just shut the fuck up, you stupid jack-ass! It’s funny how idiots like you will support people disrespecting our country outright and protesting against our flag and anthem, yet you can’t handle when people disagree with that and react accordingly by boycotting football. If these players feel they need to protest injustices, that’s fine, but there are ways you can do it without disrespecting the flag and the anthem. More than anything that flag and the anthem represent the brave men and women who have and continue to serve and fight for this country. Many gave their very lives to protect our freedoms, including our right to protest. So when they purposely choose to kneel during the anthem, they are shitting on every person who ever served our great country. If they want to protest, all they have to do is wait until the anthem is over, and then take a knee. Then they’d be making their statement while still honoring the country and the people who gave them the freedoms they do enjoy. It’s probably pointless explaining this to you though, because dummies like you, Dean Perry and Patroklos are a special kind of stupid, and there really doesn’t seem to be much hope for any of you.

      • Carrie Rae Hoffert

        January 19, 2019 at 1:54 am

        OLIVIA
        As always you have forgotten to engage your brain before you shoot off your mouth. Everyone ignore Olivia, she is a troll…most likely a really, homely person, with body odor and no social skills and has spent all of her life as an outsider looking in at life. Or she is a paid Soros Agitator….what ever best to just ignore her, that is her real weakness.

      • Mary Murphy

        January 19, 2019 at 2:50 am

        No matter how you couch it or what you say, Kaepernick, or however you spell his name, is a publicity seeking idiot, and I hope this wonderful lady and singer will not allow her past (growing up in a very nasty and prejudiced background of misery color how she feels about what is happening in this great nation in this day and age. She is a lovely and very talented and obviously intelligent lady! God bless her!

      • ON THE ROCK

        January 19, 2019 at 3:49 pm

        OLIVIA, YOU ARE STILL SUCH A DOUCHE. IF YOU DON’T LIKE THIS COUNTRY, LEAVE. NOBODY WILL STOP YOU OR MISS YOU.

      • Helga Renfro

        January 20, 2019 at 5:58 am

        Olivia because obviously your not from here and could care less about our countries traditions.

    • patroklos

      January 19, 2019 at 12:30 am

      Given that Kaepernick’s stance has never been against the anthem itself, I doubt that there will be anyone, including Kaepernick, who will object to Ms. Knight’s performance.

      • Michael

        January 19, 2019 at 12:49 am

        Really, then why did he and those who follow him kneel during the anthem? If they wanted to protest an injustice, fine. They could take a moment of silence and kneel after the anthem is done. They are purposely disrespecting the anthem and those who serve and defend this country, by choosing to kneed during it, and that is bullshit. Fuck Kaepernick, and anyone who supports his bullshit, and if that includes you, oh well.

      • Pam Torres

        January 19, 2019 at 12:58 am

        He kneels during the National Anthem too.

    • Mary Murphy

      January 19, 2019 at 2:52 am

      Amen!!!

    • Linda Cardin

      January 19, 2019 at 4:09 am

      David, I totally agree. Gladys Knight is a Lady and I love to hear her sing.

  4. Sandra Angulo

    January 18, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you Gladys Knight for agreeing to sing Sunday and fir your inspiring words.

  5. Joe

    January 18, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Gladys Knight = classy lady. Kaepernick = one fucked up nigger piece of cat shit

    • patroklos

      January 19, 2019 at 12:24 am

      Fuck you, you sick racist piece of human garbage. Fuck you and your cunt mother too.

      • Michael

        January 19, 2019 at 1:00 am

        Fuck you and your two fathers, bitch!

    • Pnut67

      January 19, 2019 at 12:50 am

      That’s funny as hell, man✌✌✌✌

    • Larry

      January 19, 2019 at 1:18 am

      Hey! Don’t be insulting what comes out of my cats butt!! lol

  6. Konnie Logan

    January 18, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Great Fan for Gladys Knight forever ! She has always been absolute straight up & sincere about life ! GOD BLESS YOU GLADYS !!!!! So looking forward to hearing you again !

  7. Mary Johnson

    January 18, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    She must realize that he did not do this for violence or any other reason then to disrespect this country and her people. As she wishes to bring this country together with the National Anthem so do all Americans. She must also realize he is not American.

    • patroklos

      January 19, 2019 at 12:28 am

      What she “realizes” is what she said. She didn’t condemn Kaepernick, she merely expressed her hope that her performance would be unifying for the nation.

      • Leo

        January 19, 2019 at 12:44 am

        Keep dreaming dick weed! She did condemn Kaeperdick. He is an irrelevant doichbag much like you.

        • Leo

          January 19, 2019 at 12:47 am

          That’s irrelevant DOUCHE bag!

  8. Carol

    January 18, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    THANK YOU, and God bless you

  9. Kenny Rogers

    January 19, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Looking forward to hearing our national anthem by my good friend Gladys!

  10. Patricia Colquitt

    January 19, 2019 at 12:06 am

    That’s what I love and respect. Someone who really suffered through some hard times. And has enough heart to let go and let God.

    Matthew 6:15

    “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

  11. Thom Wenzlau

    January 19, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Evidently Conservative Fighters organization IS racist. The subject line of the email I received “Legendary Black Singer to Sing National Anthem” What does her color have to do with it? She is legendary and a great singer…

  12. Oscar Pearson

    January 19, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Thank you for addressing this divisive issue. America is a shining light for the world and together we stand!

  13. Marc J Rauch

    January 19, 2019 at 12:16 am

    This is the third full season that I have not watched or listened to any NFL or college football game.I’m disgusted with both the NFL and NCAA for their limp-wristed stance on the National Anthem issue.

    I was always an ardent football fan (more than half a century), but have not missed it at all. My love for America easily exceeds my love for football.

    I may watch the opening when Gladys Knight sings the Anthem, but will then turn the TV off. Perhaps when Kaperkrap drops dead, or apologizes for being a lousy quarterback and human being, I may resume watching football games, but not before that!

  14. Julie Brown

    January 19, 2019 at 12:31 am

    A very classy lady! It’s so refreshing to hear an entertainer who loves this country and has been a shinning light through many dark days! We are not perfect but we continue to strive for that perfection with the strength and wisdom of people like you! I will look forward to hearing you perform on Super Bowl Sunday!

  15. janznice

    January 19, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Great Lady fantastic choice
    First time in a long time NFL made a good decision

  16. IMJustice

    January 19, 2019 at 12:49 am

    I will believe in her “when I see it”…
    I don’t trust anyone these days until they speak,
    and I can formulate my own opinion.

  17. Pnut67

    January 19, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Was having a wonderful unicorn butterfly rainbow kisses kind of day (u know, the kind of day the snowflakes WISHED they had, but can’t, cause they always crying about something), until I open up my email & have to read CRAPPERDICKS name in this article. Why couldn’t the conservative fighters dot org just say in the headlines that this beautiful lady will be performing our nation’s anthem @ SB LIII….& leave it at that?

  18. Kenneth Boyd

    January 19, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Gladys is a true ‘knight’ in shining armor!

  19. Donald

    January 19, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Good for her. Let’s hope some historically ignorant and obnoxious players do not ruin the game for real Americans!

  20. Maria

    January 19, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Class act, total class act.

  21. Earnie Bailey

    January 19, 2019 at 2:12 am

    First I want to thank Gladys for her upcoming performance. I’m sure it will be beautiful.
    Now as for our National Anthem. It refers back to the battles our country has and is fighting to be a free nation. The trials this country has lived through. It is simply stating that our country symbol still stands after each battle to indicate we are still a free nation. The song and our flag is honoring those that were there and will be there to keep this country free.
    The conflict about equality or brutality has run throughout the world for eternity. You fight those fights through political elections. Put people in office that you believe will help the cause. Laws are not made in the streets of America. Laws are made by those you give power to.
    My final thoughts are this simple. Hate is a learned behavior. No one is born hating anyone. Teach the children to respect one another through your own behavior. Stop referring to people by a color. Leave race and color out of conversation or discriptions. A person is just a person.

  22. J R

    January 19, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Such a shame that worms like “COLON” only do damage to the efforts and sacrifices that great people like Gladys made for the advancement of minorities. He and his kind are only tearing down the bridges which have been built over the last 60 years.

  23. Bill Van Dam

    January 19, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    BINGO!!! Truer words couldn’t have been spoken any better, thank you, Gladys Knight. Love her song, Midnight Train To Georgia.

  24. Linda

    January 19, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Classy lady!

  25. Sandy Wilson

    January 21, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Gladys is sooooso right. Our anthem is our song for america! IT GIVES ME CHILLS. HOW ANYONE CAN HATE OUR COUNTRY IS NOT DESERVING OF BEING HERE. WE STILL HAVE THE BEST COUNTRY. WE ARE FREE AND WE WILL FIGHT TO BE FREE THAT WAS THE IMPETUS OF OUR FOREFATHERS TO SET US FREE FROM TYRANNY. THE DEMS ARE MARCHING US TO THE NOT HAVING FREEDOM LETTING GOV MAKE OUR DESICIONS THAT IS COMMUNISM. WAKE UP AND LOOK TO SEE WHAT THIS DEM PARTY IS DOING TO AMERICA. IT IS AWEFUL. NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I SEEN SUCH HATRED FOR OUR COUNTRY WHICH IS THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. SING ON GLADYS YOU ARE THE BEST!

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