Jamie Foxx has finally commented on the much-derided version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” he sang before Saturday night’s title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the Oscar-winning star said he understood the critiques of the performance, but cited an equipment malfunction as the cause of the seemingly off-key rendition.
“That night […] my pack falls off just before I’m supposed to sing. So I have to try and listen to the organ through the speakers in the stadium and try to catch what it is,” Foxx said. It’s true: In video that posted online after the performance, Foxx can be seen removing his ear piece at the start of the song.
Following the National Anthem, Twitter users slammed Foxx for his take on the song, but the 47-year-old said he didn’t get responses like that inside the Las Vegas arena.
“Man, I was getting a standing ovation,” Foxx said. “We were walking around like, ‘Wow, we nailed that. Everything was great.’ I even saw Denzel Washington. He was like, ‘My n—-, that was amazing.'”
Foxx only found out about the online uproar second-hand, but did admit there was a disconnect between the live and televised performances. “When I listened, I said, ‘Oh yeah, we were off,” Foxx said.
Not that he thought it was too big of a crime: “I didn’t think I committed a sin against America.”
For more, head to Entertainment Tonight.