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Alabama Prep Football Announcer: If You Don't Stand For National Anthem, You Should Be Shot

A picture of a football announcer's facebook post about kneeling for the anthem

Pastor Allen Joyner of Sweet Home Baptist Church, who moonlights as a prep football announcer, reportedly has some thoughts about national anthem protesters.

According to, before the start of a Friday night football game at McKenzie High School in Alabama's Butler County, prep football announcer Allen Joyner issued his stance on the national anthem protests sweeping the country:

"If you don't want to stand for the national anthem, you can line up over there by the fence and let our military personnel take a few shots at you since they're taking shots for you."

Denise Crowley-Whitfield took to Facebook to share the words of Joyner in a post she later deleted, but not before it was shared by over 4,700 people.

Sweet Home Baptist Church issued a statement regarding the situation, saying the comments were "taken out of context and misquoted" in a Facebook post on Saturday. The post wasn't on Facebook very long as the page was deleted just an hour later.

Butler County Schools Superintendent Amy Bryan was not pleased with Joyner's comments and spoke to

"Patriotism should be a part of school events but threats of shooting people who aren't patriotic, even in jest, have no place at a school. Threats of violence are a violation of school policy and certainly not condoned by the school board."

Bryan did not say if there would be consequences for the pastor after his comments. The school board is set to meet next week, and the pastor's comments could be addressed then.