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Navy Reservist Could Face Jail For Protesting Anthem

| by David Bonner
Janaye ErvinJanaye Ervin

A U.S. Navy reservist may be facing serious repercussions after joining the protest against racial discrimination currently making waves in the pro sports world.

“While in uniform, I made the conscious decision to not stand for the Star Spangled Banner because I feel like a hypocrite, singing about ‘land of the free’ when I know that only applies to some Americans," Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Janaye Ervin wrote in a Facebook post on Sept. 19, according to the Daily Mail. "I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom.”

"The Navy has decided to punish me for defending the Constitution and has taken away my equipment I need to do my Naval job,” said Ervin, who also alleges the Navy has threatened to jail her, according to Fox Insider.

Ervin is subject to administrative actions that are currently under review, confirmed Bill Doughty, a spokesman for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs, in an statement to Military.com.

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U.S. military personnel are required to stand and face the flag when "The Star-Spangled Banner" is being played. While standing, those in uniform must salute the flag, and those not in uniform must place their right hand over their heart. 

Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, members of the military who don't can face prosecution for violating Article 92, which states that troops can be punished for failing to obey a lawful general order.

The protest movement that Ervin has joined began in the NFL on Aug. 26 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand. Since then, players for several other NFL teams have joined as well as Megan Rapinoe, who plays for the Seattle Reign franchise of the National Women’s Soccer League, and Mara Green, of the Florida State Seminoles volleyball team.

Sources: Daily Mail, The New York Times, Military.comFox Insider / Photo credit: Janaye Ervin/Facebook via The New York Times

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