Flavor Flav Explains Why He Performed National Anthem at NBA Game Despite People Finding It 'Odd'
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The Public Enemy founding member defends himself on X, formerly Twitter, after he became the butt of the jokes on the Internet for singing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the Sunday, October 29 game.

AceShowbiz - Flavor Flav had his particular reason why he performed the national anthem at the NBA game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks over the weekend. Although he acknowledged that people might find it "odd," the rapper revealed that he decided to do so because he wanted to honor his late military relatives.

"It may seem odd for Flavor Flav, a member of Public Enemy to do the National Anthe," the 64-year-old wrote on X (formerly Twitter). "But I had family that served in the United States military and I wanted to honor them."

In a follow-up post, Flav explained, "I had family that fought in World War 2. My dad was in the army. They fought for the land that we live on, and some of them didnt make it back." He then added, "So when I was singing it, I was thinking about them and the advancements we have made in our community that I can perform the anthem."

Flav became the butt of the jokes on the Internet after singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Sunday, October 29 game. Among the critics was 50 Cent, who posted a video of the performance and wrote, "WTF. I think this means we going to war, this is a sign fvck it get the strap !"

Flav, however, was not surprised by the "crazy" reactions. Speaking to the Washington Post, he said, "I had a feeling that the first time that I did it, I was going to do okay. And I had a feeling it was gonna go viral. I, like, expected it." He went on to elaborate, "Nobody would expect Flavor Flav of Public Enemy singing the national anthem, so I knew that it was going to be kind of crazy."

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