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Ravens National Anthem Singer Resigns Amid ‘Country’s Cultural Crisis’

Baltimore Ravens outward linebacker Terrell Suggs, from left, Mike Wallace, former actor Ray Lewis and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley kneel down during a personification of a inhabitant anthem before an NFL football diversion between a Jacksonville Jaguars and a Ravens during Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday.

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Baltimore Ravens outward linebacker Terrell Suggs, from left, Mike Wallace, former actor Ray Lewis and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley kneel down during a personification of a inhabitant anthem before an NFL football diversion between a Jacksonville Jaguars and a Ravens during Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday.

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Baltimore local Joe Odoms had been singing a inhabitant anthem during Ravens home games given 2014.

On Tuesday, a member of a Maryland National Guard who served tours of avocation in Afghanistan resigned.

In an Instagram post, Odoms wrote: “The tone/actions of a vast series of NFL fans in a midst of a country’s enlightenment crisis, have assured me that we do not go there.”

His preference to leave came dual days after several Ravens — including late linebacker Ray Lewis — took a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a diversion opposite a Jacksonville Jaguars in London.

Every NFL diversion over a weekend featured some form of criticism or proof of unity, as players, coaches and group owners stood with their arms related during a anthem. Three teams — a Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks — stayed off a margin during a anthem.

Renewed courtesy was focused on NFL players during a inhabitant anthem after President Trump pronounced Friday night that players who kneel or differently take partial in protests during a inhabitant anthem before to games should be fired.

It was 203 years ago, not distant from where a Ravens play during MT Stadium, that Francis Scott Key penned a poem that would turn a inhabitant anthem. Key wrote a Star-Spangled Banner after examination Fort McHenry withstand an conflict by British ships on Sept. 14, 1814.

Odoms’ Instagram post said, “This is not an romantic greeting to new events, rather an reliable preference that partial of me regrets though my core knows is a right choice.”

“We severely conclude a work Joey did for us and we appreciate him,” Ravens comparison clamp boss of open and village family Kevin Byrne pronounced to The Baltimore Sun.

The Sun also reports:

“A member of a Maryland Army National guard, Odoms succeeded longtime Ravens’ anthem thespian Mishael Miller, who relocated to Alabama after a 2013 season.

“Odoms, a songwriter and former 911 user who grew adult in Reservoir Hill, kick out 8 other finalists for a pursuit of singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Ravens home games.

“He primarily voiced seductiveness in a pursuit directly to Ravens manager John Harbaugh. The dual met when Harbaugh was visiting a bottom Odoms was stationed on in Afghanistan in Feb 2013.”

Odoms thanked fans “for permitting me to live out a dream of pity my present with you.”