“I looked over at the announcer and the music didn’t play and didn’t play and I looked over and he was getting a little frustrated. My wife gave me a little nudge and said “Sing” and I said, “Goed so,'” Brown aan CNN gesê.
Although Brown said he has been singing and playing music most of his life, he had never performed the National Anthem solo.
“There was a lot of awkward silence … and then I started singing and that was it,” hy het gesê.
When he finished, he said he sat down and started his eating popcorn and drinking his Mountain Dew.
The moment was captured on video by Johnny Futhey
, whose son plays with Brown’s son on the Waverly High School basketball team
. The video quickly took off when Futhey posted it to his Facebook page.
“He brought about everyone in the gym to tears when he saved the day by standing up in the crowd and singing the anthem,” het hy aan CNN gesê.
Futhey said what isn’t audible on his video is when the crowd joined in, creating a beautiful, spontaneous moment.
“When I originally posted I thought it would get some interest but didn’t realize it would be like a million views!” hy het gesê.
“I posted it because I was like, the world needs to see this.”