The NFL has a patriotism problem and unfortunately, some people still look up to professional athletes.
Just as some people put Hollywood actors on a pedestal, some misguided folks actually give credence to what celebrities and NFL players say and do.
But not these patriotic Americans from the red part of California.
When the PA announcer said there would be no National Anthem before the game, they simply took matters into their own hands.
From The Daily Wire:
At the Friday game in Fresno between Clovis High and Buchanan High for the Central Section championship, an announcer said there would be no playing of the Star-Spangled Banner before the game. “There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball,” said the announcer.
Well, that didn’t go over so well in the crowd, especially on the Memorial Day holiday weekend, when Americans pay homage to all the soldiers who have fought and died to keep the United States free.
So the crowd stood up and sang the national anthem anyway, a cappella.
Many removed their hats and placed their hands over their hearts. Others simply stood tall with pride.
Players stopped their pregame warmups to turn around and face the American flag that waved beyond the center-field wall.
When the song was over, the crowd burst into a round of applause.
“Fan Tiffany Marquez said she was ‘shocked’ when the announcer said they weren’t going to play it,” the Daily Mail reported. “Within seconds, you could hear people in the crowd singing and the volume of their voices building. There I was, standing in the middle of a true testament to unity and patriotism.”
Clovis and Buchanan softball about to play for D-I title, but before that, it was announced there will be no national anthem. There were boos and the crowd did this … pic.twitter.com/M1w6yDzuTN
— Anthony Galaviz (@agalaviz_TheBee) May 26, 2018