Cop steps in to sing National Anthem at WVU basketball game

The National Anthem is sang at just about every sporting event in America. For the West Virginia Mountaineers basketball team, they got a nice surprise from one of the cops at their game against Kansas Jayhawks last Tuesday.

Leslie Dorchester was scheduled to sing the National Anthem before the game, but her car got stuck in a snowstorm on the way to the stadium and she missed her schedule. The song still had to played in some fashion and instead of the band striking up the song, police officer Carlton Smith stepped in for Dorchester.

“They were like: ‘Hey, we need a favor. Can you sing the anthem?’ I said, ‘how long do I have?’ They said ‘about five minutes,’” Smith told Inside Edition.

“Any chance I get to do the national anthem is always a big deal to me. I was just basically hoping I didn’t mess it up too much,” he said.

If he is being asked to sing the country’s anthem, then he must be pretty good. I don’t think anyone expected to hear what they heard when he belted out the song.

If a cop rocking “The Star-Spangled Banner” doesn’t scream “America, f*@# yeah!” I don’t know what does.

It must have given the Mountaineers some extra motivation, because they came out and beat the then-top ranked Jayhawks, 74-63.

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