Ravens’ national anthem singer resigns

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The Ravens’ national anthem singer, a combat veteran, has resigned, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun first reported.

Joey Odoms has held the job since 2014 when he replaced Mishael Miller. Those are the only two national anthem singers in the team’s history.

“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,” Odoms posted on Instagram. “Someone once told me to always ‘go where you’re welcomed.’ This is not an emotional reaction to recent events, rather an ethical decision that part of me regrets but my core knows is the right choice.”

While a soldier in Afghanistan, the Baltimore native befriended John Harbaugh during one of the coach’s military visits. He told Harbaugh of his dream to serve as the Ravens’ national anthem singer.

57 responses to “Ravens’ national anthem singer resigns

  1. He’s African American. How does this pay with all the protesting for inequality. Maybe he’s as sick of this BS as the rest of us intelligent people are. Good on you Joey.

  2. Good for him, if not the owners at least someone has the fortitude to stand up to
    protesters ( Kneel Downers) that take advantage of free air time.

  3. Guys, the utter disrespect towards the military is for oppression, not the veterans. Someone tell the military not to be offended, it wasn’t made clear…

    Sincerely,
    What are we protesting again

  4. Thank you for your service. If he feels it the right move, I support it. Also I believe fans have to right to not support kneeling players.

    Most of all I believe none of this drama belongs inside football stadiums.

  5. Harbaugh has done more than most to support the military. Even finding this singer was on one of his visits to Afghanistan. I suspect Harbaugh will be very upset by this. He’s in a tough position to allow peaceful protests while also supporting the military. I don’t envy what coaches have to do. Tomlin tried the “one team” approach, which I respect and was a good idea, but it backfired.

  6. Read this article carefully. He’s blaming the fans – not the players, not the team, not the NFL, but the fans. The fans who cheered for him every single game. And he’s an Army vet.

  7. I think he was afraid he would have to watch the Ravens play like they did in London and knew he could find better use of his time.

  8. The right to protest in America comes with many legal and common sense restrictions. For legal restrictions the government can require prior approval if a group wants to march. Now, the Anthem protests fall more so into common sense restrictions. What this means is that regardless of intentions, refusing to respect the flag and/or the national anthem conveys a message that the perpetrator either hates America, the military, or both. That is why people have voiced the message that this is an unwise opportunity to protest. Thus, it should come as no surprise when veterans and active military personnel take objection to these protests. These men and women have risked their lives only to have their fellow Americans spit in their face.

  9. So all those decrying the protests have it wrong and should recognize they have the right to protest.
    And why do they think they are the spokesmen for the vets?
    Why not respect and listen to what the vets have to say about it?

  10. How many more vets have to speak up before you people start to see that it’s not a middle finger to America, just inequality. (Ok sunday might have just been a middle finger to Trump, but you get the idea)

  11. NFL is dying slowly and someone better stop the bleeding fast or this ship is gonna sink. Also the players should think about the lost revenue and how it’s gonna affect their future contracts

  12. “I support the protest personally — I fought for that right, but I don’t like people using people like me to attack those people who are exercising their right.”
    -Odoms

    Congratulations to all the people who are “standing up for the troops.”

  13. How in the HELL did this become all about insulting soldiers when absolutely NO ONE has ever said or done any such thing through this peaceful protest statement? To those getting so outraged for these reasons – IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU. STOP MAKING EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU.

  14. Good for you, now if the fans could lock minds and collectively not attend or view games this weekend, I think wall street, advertisers, and the NFL would get the hint: disrespecting the flag and the anthem is not the way to go…

  15. I was so disappointed when Mishael Miller moved on from the Anthem gig… then they brought in Joey Odoms. Loved me some Joey Odoms.

    Not sure if it was the ecstatic reaction to his anthem performances that made him feel not welcome or what. Shame he feels that way.

  16. They need to do away with all the national anthem grandstanding before every sports event in this country. It’s silly and has nothing to do with playing a freakin ballgame.

  17. skinfluter says:

    They need to do away with all the national anthem grandstanding before every sports event in this country. It’s silly and has nothing to do with playing a freakin ballgame.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Sorry that you don’t enjoy paying respect to our country.

    The majority of people enjoy having the anthem sung/played at the start of a game.

    Why should the majority be denied this simple pleasure because some folks want to make the two minutes it takes about themselves?

  18. skinfluter says:

    September 27, 2017 at 7:21 am

    They need to do away with all the national anthem grandstanding before every sports event in this country. It’s silly and has nothing to do with playing a freakin ballgame.

    ——————————————————————————

    You sir, have it all wrong. There are multiple reasons to have the national anthem sung/performed/played at the beginning of a sporting event. For one, when you have a large number of people together, like a sporting event, it is a great time to remind everyone of our freedom and pay respect to those that died for this country to allow us the freedom to enjoy going to a sporting event.

  19. I’m not taking a position on the protests one way or the other. But there are a lot of comments congratulating him for quitting in disgust with the kneelers. That’s not why he’s quitting. He quit because he supports the kneelers and is angry about the fans reactions.

  20. For one, when you have a large number of people together, like a sporting event, it is a great time to remind everyone of….whatever propaganda your country wants to push. Having that large group to persuade the others to go along with the party line is great. It also works for military parades and party rallies and so on.

  21. captainwhodat says:
    September 27, 2017 at 1:11 am
    Good for you, now if the fans could lock minds and collectively not attend or view games this weekend, I think wall street, advertisers, and the NFL would get the hint: disrespecting the flag and the anthem is not the way to go…
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    Veterans Day weekend November 12 we will show everyone what a real protest looks like. Stay home and turn the channel. They will learn quickly about disrespect for the flag.

  22. I applaud him for this. The haters who hypocritically support the symbols of liberty while simultaneously criticizing those exercising their freedom are shameful hypocrites and about as un-American as you can get.

  23. If he truly resigned due to the booing of the fans, then he’s in the same boat as the players who kneel. Good riddance.

  24. I agree with him I am proud of him this stuff has to stop the owners need to get control of their teams it is their job.

  25. From reading the comments of those who are against the players protesting, I think they have it wrong why this guy resigned.
    He doesn’t really make it all too clear, but it looks like he quit for reasons that have to do with the fans reactions to the players rights to protest.
    At least that is the impression I get from reading his message.
    “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,” Odoms posted on Instagram. “Someone once told me to always ‘go where you’re welcomed.’ This is not an emotional reaction to recent events, rather an ethical decision that part of me regrets but my core knows is the right choice.”

  26. skinfluter says:
    September 27, 2017 at 7:21 am
    They need to do away with all the national anthem grandstanding before every sports event in this country. It’s silly and has nothing to do with playing a freakin ballgame.
    ———————————————————————————————–
    110% agreed.
    I tune in to watch football. Not to further brag about being in America.
    There are those who decry the protests saying this is not the place for it. Let them do that on their own time.
    Same thing for the war song played before every game.
    There are other places to show your American pride. Do that on your own time.

  27. It’s truly amazing that so many people see the singer’s UNIFORM but DON’T READ THE WORDS that explain why he’s leaving. His words say that he’s leaving BECAUSE the FANS are disrespecting/booing the PLAYERS. The singer interprets the booing to mean that the FANS ARE BOOING BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE (and I agree with his interpretation!!) and don’t want those people to be respected properly; THEREFORE since the singer is a MINORITY PERSON, he too is UNWANTED!! Use your BRAINS people!!!

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