Tim Atwood talks patriotic hymn, NFL kneel down controversy
Award-winning artist, is a proud American, who recently grabbed the spotlight with the song ” I will stand up and Say So.’
Musical artist Tim Atwood has a message for professional athletes who want to kneel for the national anthem.
The country music singer told Fox News that he does not agree with the athletes that don’t stand for the nation anthem.
“I have a feeling that if you’re on a knee on the football field for the national anthem, you broke a leg or you’re praying — one of the two,” Atwood said. “But that is only my opinion, everyone has their own opinion about it.”
The Grand Ole Opry veteran would love it if every player stood up and recognized the flag and the nation that they call home, although he admits that every player can do what they want at the end of the day.
“I think what the whole thing is that you have the rights. As the players have a right to take a knee, but I don’t necessarily agree with that,” Atwood told Fox News. “That is what the country is about, not everyone is going to like the same things.”
The Nashville native, who has more than 8,500 Grand Ole Opry appearances to his name, opened up about where his affinity and passion for the flag is from.
“I had a son in the War in Iraq, and he went on two tours — he had a purple heart and he had lost a lot of hearing, he hit an IED,” Atwood shared. “And to have him safe at home, to know that he went on to serve his country because of the people who are fighting, we can have the freedom that we have.”
The country music favorite, remembered the emotion and the uncertainty of whether or not his son would ever come home after being deployed.
“I remember my son was in Samara and Ramadi… and I would wake up every morning and hear that there is a battle in Samara or Ramadi, and just praying that he is OK, you know,” Atwood remembered. “And there were times that would go by that I wouldn’t hear from him for two weeks or something, and you are just wondering is he alive or what? You’re just curious, you know.”
Atwood is not ashamed to worship not only for our country, but also for his faith.
“I think that the independence of the choices — I got a choice to live in a Christian life. I choose to take care of my family, and I choose an entertainer, he stated. “And I’m grateful for each day to live in a country that I am allowed to do that. If not for the home of the brave, that would not be the country of freedom.”
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) July 10, 2018