Neal McCoy on Patriotism and “Take a Knee” Song

Guests on All-New CMT Hot 20 Countdown Dec. 9-10

When sports fans look back on 2017, the NFL’s “take a knee” protests during the National Anthem will be remembered as a divisive issue in an entertainment realm that is usually as unifying as music.

Nineties country star Neal McCoy openly criticizes the movement in his new song “Take a Knee My Ass.” Footage of a live performance of the song went viral online, and it went on to become one of the most downloaded country songs last week. Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance has been a big part of McCoy’s show for the past two years.

“They say they’ve got the right to protest,” McCoy tells CMT Hot 20 Countdown, “and I say, ’Yes they do.’ Everybody does. But just don’t do it during a song that our country’s stood for over 100 years. Now is not a good time. And that’s all we’re trying to say.”

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