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After Criticizing COVID-19 Rules, Tritt To Sing Anthem On NLCS

Paul Newberry | Associated Press

ATLANTA – Country musician Travis Tritt, who has canceled concerts in venues that required a COVID-19 vaccination or wearing a mask, was due to sing the national anthem ahead of the sixth game of the NL Championships series on Saturday night.

Tritt announced this on his Twitter page.

“For your information, I will be singing our national anthem for the sixth NLCS game in Atlanta today between @Braves and @Dodgers,” he wrote, adding the American flag to his post.

Tritt, 58, was born in the suburbs of Marietta, near Braves Stadium. He actively supported Atlanta’s sports teams, even writing in 2004 a forgotten ode to the Falcons Fever city NFL team.

Tritt announced this week that he is canceling shows in Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois and Kentucky due to COVID-19 requirements, joining other notable entertainers such as Eric Clapton and Van Morrison in protesting against regulations aimed at containing the spread of the virus. which killed more than 700,000 people. Americans and nearly 5 million people worldwide.

Tritt told Billboard that he is “not against the vaccine,” but “against forcing people to take drugs they may not need or want.”

In August, he issued a statement claiming that COVID-19 security protocols “discriminate” against concertgoers and said he supported those who oppose “the suppression of any particular freedoms and fundamental human rights around the world.”

The 41,000-seat Truist Park stadium was completely filled for most of the season with no vaccination requirements, negative test results or fans wearing masks.

Major League Baseball requires non-playing personnel to have access to the field with vaccines.

“Our playoff policy is that unvaccinated people are not allowed into restricted areas and the field is a restricted area,” said John Blundell, MLB vice president of public affairs.

It is unclear if Tritt was vaccinated against COVID-19, but it appears to have been a controversial issue. The Braves said he will be singing the Truist Club anthem at the home plate.

Tritt’s choice to play the anthem came after Braves outfielder Jorge Soler said he had revisited his initial reluctance to receive the vaccine.

Soler tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Game 4 of the NLDS and was dropped from the Braves list. He had no symptoms and was able to return to Game 5 against the Dodgers.

“I feel different now,” Soler said through an interpreter. “I feel bad about this and I’m going to get the injection as soon as I can.”

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