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Chris Brown is, as we all know, no stranger to controversy.

Just days after being involved in a serious altercation with police, the Virginian-born singer has made headlines again.

Appearing to have joined San Francisco 49ers quarterback. Colin Kaepernick, in his protest of the National Anthem, Chris decided not to stand during a rendition of the song yesterday.


My Brother! United as One! @e_reid35

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Speaking last month, Colin explained that he would not be standing for the national anthem at public events all in an effort to raise awareness of social injustice.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour," Colin said.


Stay classy!

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Whether Chris is officially Team Colin or was simply too lazy to get involved yesterday, he made waves after deciding not to stand during a rendition of the anthem which followed a tribute to those who lost their lives during 9/11.

While USC’s Galen Center urged everybody to get involved at Power 106’s All Start Celebrity Game yesterday, 27-year-old Chris and a number of others remained seated during The Star Spangled Banner.

The public have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the controversial move, with one writing: "Yeah, real classy move. It's the flag that caused the hate, not the people, that's right."

"It's 9/11 have some respect for the lives lost. Any other day do as you wish. But have some sympathy," urged another.

You can watch the moment here.




If there's one thing we took from our primary school days, it's that you must show respect and maintain composure during the National Anthem… until the very last line when you can throw your head back and roar like a good thing about how great Ireland is.

And we're fairly certain that that's the case across the board.

So, when Michael Phelps, who won the 200-metre fly final on Tuesday, was seen guffawing during the US anthem at the presenting of medals in Rio, the public were only dying to know what had set the US swimmer off during a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.

And thankfully, he didn't keep his fans in suspense.

Speaking to NBC after being awarded his 20th gold medal, the 31-year-old athlete explained that it was the presence of his hometown mates in the crowd which had caused him to crack up at a certain point in the anthem.

"My boys from Baltimore were down on the other end, and back in Maryland, we all say “O!” for the Orioles during that part of the national anthem," he explained referring to the Baltimore baseball team.

"And all of the sudden I hear them roar “O!” and I knew exactly where it came from, and I just lost it because those guys came down from Baltimore and New York City to be here, and it’s just special to see those guys in the stands," he said.

His boys from Baltimore? Excuse us while we melt.



Kerry football star Paul Galvin is clearly a man of many talents – and off the GAA pitch, he's also undeniably forged a reputation as a fashionisto to be reckoned with. 

Now, after months of rumour and speculation, the 35-year-old has released his menswear collaboration with Dunnes.

Delightfully, it's all very Paul: totaling 21 pieces, fans can choose from several modern-man items such as monochrome tees (think Alexander Wang) dropped crotched joggers, hi-top leather trainers and even a khaki-coloured cape. Prices start from €25 and peak at a reasonable €100.

So far so standard.

What is somewhat more surprising, however, is the inspiration behind the designs: namely the lyrics of our national anthem, Amhran na bhFiann.

In fact, the collection itself has been entitled Vanguard. Personally chosen by Paul, it is a word that "aims to capture the spirit of the vanguard warriors, the risk takers, who led military movements from the front". 

"This is not so much a clothing collection as a clothing movement," Mr Galvin states via a just-issued press release. "It represents new thoughts, new language, and hopefully a new direction for menswear in Ireland."

The Amhran na bhFiann lyrics put to good use too, with "sinne fianna fáil," and "faoi mhóid bheith saor" being singled out for inclusion: the English language versions of the lines – "warriors are we," and "sworn to be free" – have been printed on t-shirts and sweatshirts.

And while the collaboration is sure to be a big hit, one woman who is not always impressed by Paul's style is his own Kerry mammy.

Close to a year ago when he appeared opposite Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show, he wore a Public School oversized white shirt – a choice of attire he later admitted had failed to impress Mrs Galvin.

Indeed, on his website he revealed that she had even threatened to hide his purchase.

Paul is now happily planning his wedding to radio presenter Louise Duffy; he popped the question in New York in the spring and they've pencilled in a date for "early next year".

Paul Galvin's 21-piece debut menswear collection in collaboration with Dunnes Stores is available to buy online at dunnesstores.com and in selected Dunnes Stores.