BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Ravens National Anthem singer Joey Odoms has announced his resignation on social media.

This comes as the Ravens and many other NFL teams decided to protest the anthem during Sunday’s games.

“The tone/actions of a large number of NFL fans in the midst of our country’s cultural crisis, have convinced me that I do not belong there,” writes Odoms, who is a former member of the Maryland Army National Guard and a Baltimore native.

President Donald Trump made comments over the weekend at a rally in Alabama, calling NFL players who kneel “sons of b******” and said those who don’t stand for the national anthem should be fired.

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“Thank you so much for the opportunity to grow as a performer and for allowing me to live out a dream of sharing my gift with you,” said Odoms.

Speaking with WJZ’s Vic Carter, Odoms says as a member of the military, he is not offended by the players’ actions but did not want to get mixed up in the controversial discussion.

“I support the protest personally — I fought for that right, but I don’t like people using people like me to attack those people who are exercising their right.”

He went on to say “If I express how I feel, a segment of the fanbase would attack me.”

Odoms joined the Ravens in 2014. And said  it was a lifelong dream — he even asked coach John Harbaugh if he would audition for the job  when Harbaugh visited Odoms’ military base in Afghanistan.

Odoms says to Vic he called the Ravens and they understood his position and wish him well. They also told him to keep in touch.

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Comments (88)
  1. What time is your flight back to the Congo?

  2. Ron Staiger says:

    Every NFL player who takes a knee during the National Anthem is a racist coward who is violating NFL Rules that owners and coaches are scared to enforce. You are watching petulant child-like tantrums on the part of spoiled, ignorant and racist black lives that just don’t matter which will lead to the end of the NFL. Once again the sonsabit€hes are burning down their own neighborhood!

  3. Tomas Cruz says:

    Black players who are supporters of a black nationalist racist anti cop hate group is allowed protest the flag? that group is Black Lives Matters. Some quotes from BLM censored by our bias racist media, “Open season on whites and police”, “We need one more dead cop”, “Dead cops NOW!!”, “What do we want, dead cops, when do we want it, NOW” “Kill all white people and police”, “Pigs in a blanket, fry like bacon”. The NFL supports black racist anti cop nationalist.

  4. Jim Gravelyn says:

    So I guess the players have free speech but he doesn’t think the fans do. This is one mixed up dude. Good riddance. If he think it’s A-Okay for players to disrespect the flag, he probably shouldn’t be in uniform.

  5. The players of the NFL kneeled on foreign soil and stood for a foreign country’s anthem. That’s all that needs to be said. You stupid mother F’s are done.

  6. so like everything else Democrats/Liberals/Blacks have to make EVERYTHING about RACE!!!! and they are still scratching their heads wondering why they keep losing election after election after election..Most Americans are SICK of Race Race Race being used for everything…

  7. Frank Muller says:

    Tommy Sotomayor says, nwords ruin everything. Only he didn’t say nword.

  8. Hugh Tjardon says:

    The supply of damn fools is endless.

  9. You want to leave and sing somewhere else- fine. You want to boycott the Ravens – fine. There will be plenty of people willing to take your place. The biggest game of the year for Ravens fans will be packed.

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