VIDEO: ESPN Columnist Slams Practice of Having Police Sing National Anthem at Sporting Events

Everybody loves it when police officers sing the national anthem before sporting events - or so we thought.

ESPN Magazine's Howard Bryant wrote in a new column that cops singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" is "staged patriotism," arguing that it signals an "authoritarian shift at the ballpark," Fox News reports.

"Why don’t more athletes speak out on behalf of their communities?" Bryant wrote. "Perhaps more of them would if there wasn’t a chilling force looming over them."