Before tonight’s season opener between Dallas and Tampa, singer Victoria Boyd was set to sing the national anthem. She’s not new to this; she’s performed the anthem at an NFL game at least twice before. There will not be a third time.
The NFL has enacted super-duper-strict COVID protocols for the season. This also applies to anthem singers.
Boyd hasn’t been vaccinated against COVID because she has some sort of religious objection. When the NFL found out, the league said, “Fine. Your choice. Good luck. But you’re not singing the anthem for us.”
Digital Music News reports this:
[E]mails sent to Boyd’s father and manager, John Boyd, made it clear that the gig was canceled because of the singer’s refusal to vaccinate. “As I understand that Victory will not be fully vaccinated by the time of the Kickoff game, she would not have been able to comply with the terms of the Game Day Field Access Policy,” NFL Senior Director for Media and Entertainment Events Seth Dudowsky wrote. “And as a result, we unfortunately will not be able to invite Victoria to perform the National Anthem at this year’s Kickoff game.”
Cue the screams of discrimination.
To be clear, there are players who refused to be vaccinated and the NFL Players Association has not agreed to a vaccine mandate. Hey, make that choice. Just be prepared for the consequences.