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Leah Tysse Took A Knee While Singing National Anthem At Sacramento Kings Game

Leah Tysse took a knee while singing the national anthem ahead of the Sacramento Kings' preseason game on Monday night.

Leah Tysse, a San Francisco-based singer mostly known for blues and jazz music, performed the national anthem prior to the start of the Kings-Maccabi Haifa preseason game at Golden 1 Center on Monday night and took a knee during the final words of the anthem.

As you can see, the singer takes a knee when she starts singing the words "land of the free."

Tysse explained why she took a knee during the national anthem in a statement on her Facebook page. Here is an excerpt from her statement:

This act embodies the conflict many of us feel. I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans. I have sung the anthem before but this time 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 and without a drop of accountability. I believe that the majority of police are good and are against this too and as a nation we all need to speak up. We should all be outraged and demand justice and an end to the brutality.

The Kings visit the Suns to start their regular season on Oct. 26.