Van­cou­ver woman singing O Canada at Sea­hawks game to kneel af­ter U.S. an­them

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS -

VAN­COU­VER A Van­cou­ver woman in­vited to sing O Canada be­fore a Sea­hawks game in Seat­tle says she will take a knee dur­ing the Amer­i­can an­them to sup­port protest­ing NFL play­ers and make a state­ment about hu­man rights.

Arielle Tu­liao said she broke into tears when she read an email from the Sea­hawks ask­ing her to sing Canada's na­tional an­them on Sun­day as part of the team's cel­e­bra­tion hon­our­ing Cana­dian fans.

“They sent me a spe­cific clip of me singing for the (Van­cou­ver) Canucks, which in it­self was my orig­i­nal dream,” Tu­liao said Fri­day, the same day she de­cided she'd be kneel­ing with play­ers.

The 28-year-old singer and ac­tor who made her foray into belt­ing out O Canada for pro­fes­sional teams by per­form­ing at a Van­cou­ver White­caps soc­cer match last year said the op­por­tu­nity to sing for the Sea­hawks brought up some con­flict­ing feel­ings.

Tu­liao won­dered how she'd re­spond as play­ers kneeled or locked arms dur­ing the Star-Span­gled Ban­ner in keep­ing with protests by NFL and NBA teams over po­lice bru­tal­ity against AfricanAmer­i­cans and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's por­trayal of their stance as un­pa­tri­otic.

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