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Country singer Jessie James Decker is defending her husband against the backlash that ensued when his team remained inside the locker room during the performance of the national anthem at Sunday’s game between the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks.
Decker’s husband, Eric, is a wide receiver for the Titans, and according to Jessie he wasn’t aware that a protest was taking place.
Jessie took to Instagram Monday (September 25) to share a video of herself singing the anthem and share her thoughts on the national anthem protests that are taking place.
“One of my favorite things to do is sing the national anthem. I think about my dad, my uncles, my cousins, both grandfathers who fought in the Vietnam war,” Jessie wrote. “I think about how my grandfather paw paw Tim would ask me to sing this song for him every time I saw him and how he would make me turn the other way to sing it so he could just weep and cry as hard as he wanted because it meant so much to him.”
“I love our country so much. And we should all love and respect each other because this is the greatest country in the world. I see the love. I see the unity in all walks of life on a daily basis and It makes me so proud to be an American.”
The post elicited a mixed response from the singer’s fans, many of whom questioned her husband’s absense on the field prior to kickoff of Sunday’s game. Jessie defended her husband by saying, “Sadly he wasn’t made aware that a decision had made for him until he came out and it was over.”
In response to another fan, she wrote, “If he had known he would have been out there hand over heart. Unfortunately, he wasn’t made aware it was time to head to the field as they always do every game.”
Prior to Sunday’s game, the Titans issued a statement saying that they would remain inside the locker room during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“As a team, we wanted to be unified in our actions today. The players jointly decided this was the best course of action,” the statement said. “Our commitment to the military and our community is resolute and the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn’t be misconstrued as unpatriotic.”