Singer and Valley native Jordin Sparks made a subtle statement during his powerful rendition of the national anthem during Monday night’s game between the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys.
Written on his hand was “Prov. 31:8-9,” a reference to two Bible verses in the book of Proverbs.
“Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all those in need. Speak and judge fairly; uphold the rights of the poor and needy” is what these verses say in the new international version of the Bible.
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The Dallas Cowboys tied their arms and momentarily took a knee before Sparks sang the national anthem before standing up with their arms tied. The Arizona Cardinals stood with their arms tied in the south end zone.
Sparks’ father, Phillippi Sparks, played college football for ASU before spending nine years in the NFL with the Cowboys and New York Giants.
Some players and coaches tied their arms or knelt during the national anthem during televised games over the weekend, an act that has become a symbol of protest against inequality in the United States.
Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick started kneeling last season. He is currently a free agent.
President Donald Trump drew widespread criticism over the weekend after he said (and tweeted) that players who knelt during the playing of the national anthem should be fired for disrespecting the flag.