Navy Sailor Under Fire for Refusing to Stand During National Anthem

Amid the continuous national anthem protest of San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick, a United States Navy sailor is being investigated for following suit.

Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Janaye Ervin, a reservist stationed at Pearl Harbor posted on her Facebook account that she will no longer stand for the national anthem because it makes her feel like a “hypocrite” knowing the lyrics “land of the free” “only applies to some Americans.”

“I feel like a hypocrite singing about the ‘land of the free’ when I know that only applies to some Americans,” she wrote. “I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom.”

Ervin says she lost her security clearance and was threatened with jail by the Navy in response to her actions.

Fox News reports troops who refuse to stand for the national anthem can face prosecution under Uniform Code of Military Justice, citing violation of Article 92, which states that troops can be punished for failing to obey a lawful general order.

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