American Idol Alum Jessica Sanchez Takes a Knee After Singing National Anthem at Chargers-Raiders Game

Jessica Sanchez, 2016
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Jessica Sanchez performs onstage during FOX's American Idol Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif. 

Jessica Sanchez, runner-up of American Idol's eleventh season, took a knee after she finished singing the National Anthem prior to Sunday's (Oct. 15) game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif. 

Kneeling during the national anthem prior to NFL games started during the preseason in August 2016 when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began doing so in protest of police brutality and racial injustice. Though Kaepernick is now out of the league, kneeling (or locking arms, putting a fist in the air or not coming on the field) for the Anthem has since ballooned into a league-wide gesture that has drawn the ire of Pres. Trump. Last week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a league-wide letter stating "we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem."

"Some people stand for what they believe in and some people kneel," Sanchez posted to Twitter on Sunday night. "Some people are proud to be an American others are humbled to be an American. We live in times where taking a knee is not opposing the strong voices of the nation but speaking for those in the nation who have no voice. Prov 31:8-9." 

Proverbs 31:8-9 reads: "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." 

Also on Sunday night, a Sanchez fan accounted posted a note to Twitter that read, "Sanchez says she supports players protesting police brutality and racial inequality and is upset that President Donald Trump has criticized players who have protested. 'I'm 100 percent for the message, as far as what the message has been behind everybody kneeling,' she said. 'I still show my respect to the veterans, but I do disagree with what's going on in the office.'" Sanchez retweeted the tweet, confirming its validity.