John Mellencamp sits for the national anthem before the Colts-Eagles game

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John Mellencamp sits for the national anthem before the Colts-Eagles game
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John Mellencamp, the famous singer-songwriter who sang “Ain’t That America,” was pictured sitting for the national anthem during the Indianapolis Colts-Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday.

Mellencamp was in a box above Lucas Oil Stadium, and an NFL fan snapped the photo and sent it to Dan Dakich of OutKick 360. The singer was seen sitting and eating popcorn while others around him had their hands on their hearts and were listening to “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

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In the past, the 71-year-old has been an outspoken supporter of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the Black Lives Matter movement. Kaepernick created a firestorm in 2016 when he protested during the national anthem before NFL games. His decision to take a knee to draw attention to police brutality and racial injustice was met with contempt and praise.

John Mellencamp performs during Farm Aid Music Festival at Coastal Credit Union Music Park on September 24, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
(Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images)

In 2018, just days before Super Bowl LI at US Bank Stadium, Mellencamp appeared on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and took a knee and raised his fist in the air after singing “Easy Target.” .

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San Francisco 49Ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, No. 7, Takes A Knee During An Nfl Game To Protest Police Brutality.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, No. 7, takes a knee during an NFL game to protest police brutality.
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Mellencamp accused then-President Trump and his administration of politicizing Kaepernick’s decision to take a knee.

“Taking the knee started purely and simply as a protest against racial and social injustice,” Mellencamp told The Associated Press at the time. “Unfortunately it has been politicized by the current administration. The song is simple and the protest is pure.”

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Jalen Hurts Of The Philadelphia Eagles Attempts A Pass Against The Colts At Lucas Oil Stadium On November 20, 2022 In Indianapolis.

Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles attempts a pass against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Indianapolis.
(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

On Sunday, the Eagles would get the better of the Colts 17-16.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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