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Ravens national anthem singer Joey Odoms resigns amid controversy

| Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace, from left, former player Ray Lewis and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley lock arms and kneel down during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace, from left, former player Ray Lewis and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley lock arms and kneel down during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

BALTIMORE — A combat veteran who has been the Baltimore Ravens' national anthem singer for the past three years has announced his resignation.

The move by Joey Odoms comes days after players on the Ravens and many other NFL teams took a knee during the national anthem in response to President Donald Trump's call for team owners to fire players who don't stand for the anthem.

Odoms is a member of the Maryland Army National Guard. He won a 2014 competition to become the anthem singer at Ravens' home games.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Odoms said his resignation “is not an emotional reaction to recent events, rather an ethical decision.”

Odoms told WJZ News that he is not offended by the players' actions, but did not want to get mixed up in the controversial discussion.

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