Jordin Sparks may not have taken a knee while singing the National Anthem at Monday night's Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals game, but she did make her own political statement. The 27-year-old had a Bible verse written on her hand, which referenced to the Book of Proverbs. Watch the video below for details behind its meaning.
The daughter of nine-year NFL veteran Phillippi Sparks hasn't been shy about her political views in the past. Back in January, the platinum-selling singer — who won the sixth season of American Idol — took to social media to voice her opinion on inauguration day. She wrote, "I've had the amazing opportunity to meet, speak, and to perform for multiple Presidents over the years. Clinton, Bushx2, Obama... and no matter who's in Office, it's an honor. I was raised to show respect to everyone, President or not. I've prayed for each administration and will continue to pray for the former Presidents and my prayer remains for the 45th."
Just a few weeks ago, she dipped her toes into political waters again when, as a judge at the Miss America pageant, she asked Miss Missouri, "There are multiple investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia on the election. Well, did they? You're the jury: guilty or innocent, and please explain your verdict." Miss Missouri acquitted President Trump.
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” -1 Timothy 4:12 ••• This is my life verse I got tattooed in 2007. Yes, it will still apply when I'm older because I will always be young at heart! I carry this reminder with me to be fearless, to be unashamed of my Jesus but also my ideas, dreams or goals. It's a reminder to hold my head high and carry myself with grace and dignity because there are always eyes watching. A reminder to leave people better than I found them. A reminder that I am not my past because He has made me clean. Be encouraged! His love inspires, encourages, elevates, transcends, redeems and transforms us. Tag a friend who needs some encouragement! ♥️
Over the weekend, Donald Trump's comments about how NFL players — and any professional athletes — who want to protest the national anthem by taking a knee should be fired, his comments inspired a mass "take the knee" protest. Jerry Jones — who previously donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration committee — joined his players in solidarity by dropping his knee with the team last night, despite the inevitable backlash. He told reporters, "Our players wanted to make a statement about unity and we wanted to make a statement about equality." He added, "They were very much aware that statement, when made or when attempted to be made in and a part of the recognition of our flag, can not only lead to criticism but also controversy." Jordin joins Pharrell Williams, Diddy, Jesse Williams, and more celebrities who have drawn attention to racial injustice.