“American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem before the Monday Night Football match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals — and she included a hidden message in her performance.
While many NFL players have chosen to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racism, Sparks etched a secret message on her hand while she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of millions of football fans.
On her left hand, the one that held the microphone, Sparks wrote “PROV. 31: 8-9.”
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The referenced verse 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.”
In another surprising twist on Monday night, the Dallas Cowboys, along with owner Jerry Jones, locked arms and took a knee as a team prior to the national anthem. The team then stood when Sparks sang the patriotic tune.
Hundreds of NFL players around the league took a knee in response to President Donald Trump urging players to stand in respect for the country and calling on owners to fire players who refuse to do so.
Watch Sparks’s performance below.