The Grammy Award winning-singer Victory Boyd has just had her performance of the national anthem canceled by the NFL because she has refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for religious reasons.
The Epoch Times obtained an August 31 email that was sent from NFL Senior Director for Media and Entertainment Events Seth Dudowsky to Victory’s father and manager, John Boyd, letting him know that that the fact that she is unvaccinated has rendered her ineligible to perform the national anthem before a football game.
“As I understand that Victory will not be fully vaccinated by the time of the Kickoff game, she would not have been able to comply with the terms of the Game Day Field Access Policy,” Dudowsky wrote. “And as a result, we, unfortunately, will not be able to invite Victoria to perform the national anthem at this year’s Kickoff game.”
Victory had been scheduled to perform the patriotic song at the season-opening game in Tampa Bay tomorrow night in an open-air stadium. However, the cancellation means that she will not be given the $20,000 that the NFL had pledged to pay her to perform.
Dudowsky went on to say in his email that the NFL has a policy stating that all “individuals accessing the playing field and surrounding sideline areas” be fully vaccinated.
“Under the Policy, ‘fully vaccinated’ means 14 days have passed since the individual received the final dose required in the vaccine sequence, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” he continued. “This requirement is mandatory and fully complies with the laws applicable to the type of business relationship contemplated here, and we are not in a position to make an exception.”
Victory, who won a Grammy in 2018 for her performance on Kanye West’s album “Jesus is King,” remained defiant in the wake of this setback, saying that her Christian faith will continue to dictate her decision on whether or not she gets vaccinated. However, she also expressed fears that the NFL’s move against her would lead to her losing more opportunities in the entertainment world.
“The Bible admonishes Christians to appreciate their bodies as being sacred and a temple of the Holy Spirit and to not participate in things that can defile the body or render the body dysfunctional,” she explained. “I am in prayer to make sure that the Lord guides me into the right decision concerning receiving an unproven injection with artificial properties that can potentially have a long-term effect on my reproductive health.”
Not stopping there, Victory added, “If I want to take the vaccine, the decision will be between myself, my doctor, and my God. At this point, the Spirit of God is leading me to take a stand for freedom of choice.”
“Throughout my life, I have overcome many obstacles, but now I was faced with a new glass ceiling that I couldn’t breakthrough. It feels like we’re going backwards to a familiar place that I thought we had overcome as a country,” she concluded. “To be disqualified because of a discriminatory policy that had nothing to do with my talent made me feel alarmed because of what it implies for not only myself but millions of others.”
Sadly, this young singer has lost out on a major opportunity simply because she is not vaccinated. NFL officials should be ashamed of themselves for firing a talented performer for something as silly as her vaccination status.