Joey Odoms, the Ravens' national anthem singer since 2014, informed the organization Tuesday that he would be resigning from the position, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun first reported.
Joey Odoms, the Ravens' national anthem singer since 2014, has informed the team that he is resigning.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) September 27, 2017
This comes just days after President Trump called for NFL owners to fire players who kneel or sit during the national anthem. His statement angered owners and players around the NFL, causing teams to either take a knee or stand with linked arms during Sunday and Monday's games.
The sight of players not standing for the national anthem has seen both anger and support from fans.
Odoms, who is a combat veteran, took to Instagram to explain his reasoning saying,
"The people I've had the pleasure of meeting at the Ravens organization have been nothing but nice to me, however the tone/actions of a large number of NFL fans in the midst of our country's cultural crisis, have convinced me that I do not belong there," Odoms said.
He got the job after attending an open audition back in 2014.
Odoms directly expressed interest in the position to head coach John Harbaugh after meeting him while stationed in Afghanistan back in 2013. Odoms served in the Army National Guard.
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Odoms went on to say,
"Someone once told me to always 'go where you're welcomed.' This is not an emotional reaction to recent events, rather an ethical decision that part of me regrets but my core knows is the right choice."
He concluded by thanking Ravens fans for their support.
"Thank you so much for the opportunity to grow as a performer and for allowing me to live out a dream of sharing my gift with you."
There have only been two national anthem singers in the Ravens' history.