The Alabama high school public address announcer has resigned but said his remarks about those who choose not to stand for the national anthem were misquoted.
As originally posted by Denise Crowley-Whitfield on Facebook Friday night, McKenzie High announcer Pastor Allen Joyner said: “If you don’t want to stand for the national anthem, you can line up over there by the fence and let our military personnel take a few shots at you since they’re taking shots for you.” The Facebook post has since been deleted.
Butler County schools superintendent Amy Bryan denounced the remarks Saturday to AL.com and said that Joyner had called to apologize.
In a lengthy email that Joyner sent to Bryan on Monday and reprinted by the Greenville Advocate, Joyner said his words were taken out of context. He said he did not want his decision to resign to be taken as an admission of “being wrong,” but rather that he is choosing not to put his family, his church and school under further scrutiny because of “this misquote.”
“I never said anybody should be shot. My words were, ‘If you don’t want to stand for the national anthem, please go sit at the baseball field and let some of our folks take a shot at reminding you of the price our military paid for your freedom to sit.’ I never advocated violence of any kind … Just an opportunity to educate.”