Country singer releases song blasting anthem protests

theScore Staff
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Neal McCoy, a prominent country music singer, released a song taking aim at players who have protested racial inequality and police brutality during the American national anthem.

McCoy released a new single Friday titled "Take A Knee, My Ass (I Won't Take A Knee)" on Facebook Live.

"I've been on 15 USO tours,” McCoy said via NBC 4 Columbus. “I’ve entertained our troops in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and all over the world. So, no, this is not a money grab. This is a guy that believes in our country, that does not like people kneeling, not standing with their hands over their hearts, for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. That’s what I’m about.”

It's certainly a confusing title, however, and McCoy was roasted online by numerous people who didn't agree with his opposition to the protests.

McCoy was incensed with Colin Kaepernick being named GQ's Citizen of the Year.

"If you haven’t seen it they named their GQ ‘Citizen of the Year’ for 2017, Colin Kaepernick,” McCoy said. “Now, I didn’t read the article, I saw it when I was driving, I understand they’re probably going to say he’s done a lot for Civil Rights and everything, and maybe he has. Maybe whatever he was trying to do, with civil unrest, maybe African Americans being treated wrong, or not equally, and some of that’s right. Maybe that’s what he was trying to do. But, taking a knee during the National Anthem at a professional NFL game is not the way to do it."

It remains to be seen whether McCoy's single will be a hit.