Here’s the good news for Chris Brown:
He did not commit any violent acts against women over the weekend, at least not that we know of.
But here’s the bad news:
The singer once again finds himself at the center of a major controversy.
Fewer than two weeks after getting arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, Brown took part in the Power 106 Celebrity Basketball Game in Los Angeles on Sunday.
But it wasn’t his jump shot that has drawn ire from critics.
It was the fact that he sat on the court during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
See the act of defiance for yourself in the following video:
Brown, of course, is following the lead here of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The signal-caller has become a source of national debate after refusing to stand during the playing of the national anthem prior to his team’s games.
He has said he will continue to make this statement until there’s “significant change” when it comes to how African-Americans are treated in the country.
Kaepernick has added that he simply cannot “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
He’s also donated $1 million to charities that assist communities in need.
But what Brown did on Sunday is different, for a couple of reasons.
According to TMZ sources, Brown did not kneel during the national anthem, which is the position Kaepernick has taken after consulting with veterans over the most respectful way to honor their service while still staging his protest.
Instead, witnesses say Brown was laughing and joking with others in the court.
Secondly, this was 9/11.
It would be easy to argue that the national anthem should not be played prior to every single sporting event around the country.
One could certainly think this actually devalues the nation’s theme song.
But 9/11 is a different.
It is a day of mourning and a day of remembrance for the thousands of people who died in terrorist attacks back in 2001.
It is probably the one day on which the Star-Spangled Banner ought to be played whenever possible and on which everyone ought to stand in silence and tribute.
At the very least, they should not be sitting down and cracking jokes during it.
Does Brown have the right to sit during the national anthem? Absolutely.
But Twitters users also have the right to respond to his actions, and some have done so in funny/scathing fashion.
“Breaking news everyone. Chris Brown too tired to stand for national anthem, due to exhaustion from beating women,” wrote one critic.
Another says the artist “out-douche[d] the NFL with 9/11 national anthem protest,” while a third user tweeted, “Because he has principals…like beating his girlfriend and stuff… #neverforget.”
What do you think of this growing national anthem protest in general?
Five football players joined Kaepernick on Sunday, while two others raised their fists in the air while the song played.
Are you for it? Against it? And is what Brown did akin to what Kaepernick has been doing? Or is it another, awful matter entirely?