Singer Leah Tysse explains taking knee during anthem at Kings game

Singer Leah Tysse explains taking knee during anthem at Kings game

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Before tipoff of the opening preseason game Monday night at the Kings' new arena, the Golden 1 Center, Bay Area native Leah Tysse took the mic to sing the national anthem. Near the end of her performance, Tysse took a stance as she lowered to the ground. 

With Kings cheerleaders holding onto the American flag behind her, Tysee lowered her head and went to a knee to finish her performace. The act stems from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick protesting the national anthem for social and racial injustice in America. 

In a statement on her Facebook page, Tysse called her act of taking a knee, "The most patriotic thing I could do." Her full statement can be seen below:

Why I took a knee while singing the Anthem at a Sacramento Kings NBA game: This act embodies the conflict many of us feel. I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans. I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability. I believe that the majority of police are good and are against this too and as a nation we all need to speak up. We should all be outraged and demand justice and an end to the brutality. Let’s look around our communities for those facilitating healthy interactions between law enforcement and communities of color and support. The sad reality is, as a white American I am bestowed a certain privilege in this nation that is not enjoyed by all people. Black families are having much different conversations with their children about how to interact with the police than white families. Let's be honest. Until we can recognize that white privilege exists we cannot have a dialogue about race. Whether or not you can see if from your vantage point, there is a deep system of institutionalized racism in America, from everyday discrimination to disproportionate incarceration of people of color to people losing their lives at the hands of the police simply for being black. This is not who we claim to be as a nation. It is wrong and I won't stand for it. #solidarity #pleasevote

The Kings opened up their new arena with a 153-96 victory over Maccabi Haifa of Israel.

Kings trade No. 10 to Blazers for two first-round picks in 2017 NBA Draft

Kings trade No. 10 to Blazers for two first-round picks in 2017 NBA Draft

After grabbing their point guard of the future at No. 5 overall, the Kings made a trade at No. 10 for depth with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Kings will receive the No. 15 and No. 20 picks in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Portland selected power forward Zach Collins out of Gonzaga with the pick. 

Sacramento also owns the No. 34 overall pick in the draft.

Watch live analysis of the Kings' trade picks right here.

Kings fill biggest need, select PG Fox No. 5 overall in 2017 NBA Draft

Kings fill biggest need, select PG Fox No. 5 overall in 2017 NBA Draft

SACRAMENTO -- Patience is a virtue. The Sacramento Kings showed great restraint over the last few weeks, turning down opportunities to move up in the 2017 NBA Draft to select the player they have targeted. Instead of giving away the fifth and tenth overall selection to move into the top three, they held tight and Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox fell to them at No. 5.
 
Fox instantly fills the team’s biggest need. With both Darren Collison and Ty Lawson entering the summer as unrestricted free agents and veteran Langston Galloway opting out of the final year of his contract, Fox becomes the Kings lone player at the point. 
 
The 19-year-old freshman posted big numbers in his lone season with the Wildcats, posting 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 29.6 minutes per game. He struggled from long distance, shooting just 24.6 percent from 3-point range, but he is considered the fastest player in the draft. 
 
At 6-foot-3 with a 6-foot-6.5 wingspan, Fox is a tenacious defender that projects as a high-end two-way player. 
 
With Fox in tow, the Kings have filled one opening and they still have both the 10th pick and an early second rounder to add to the roster.