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.
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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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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On Sunday, the Eagles would get the better of the Colts 17-16.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.