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Tyrese -- Don't Mess with Francis Scott Key!

6/5/2009 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

During Game 5 of the Playoffs last week, Tyrese Gibson decided to change the words of the National Anthem -- and now he realizes what a colossal mistake that really was.

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Gibson was booed hardcore after he replaced the line "our flag was still there" with "our Lakers were still there," and when we asked about his version last night, dude turned deathly serious and extremely apologetic.

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DONNIE-BRASCO    

what a crock of lies..

HE WASN'T BOOED..
THE LYRICS WERE CHEERED
I SHOULD KNOW, I WAS SITTING 6 ROWS FROM COURTSIDE..

1863 days ago
17.

Rockstar    

What I find offensive are the lines "the land of the free and home of the brave" which in no way describe the nation that we have become. We need to change these obsolete lines, or choose a new national anthem because the current one is a lie in describing our nation.

We failed our forefathers, and our national anthem should reflect that failure.

1863 days ago
18.

Iwasatgame5    

Well...I was there and he was absolutely cheered, not booed. Not only that but he did not say Lakers... he said ni***rs. And almost everyone from Jack on up was cheering. It was funny, passionate, in-the-moment and I don't think he has a damn thing to apologize for. Everyone needs to lighten up...and check their facts (yeah, that's for you Harvey Levin...weren't you there anyway?)

1863 days ago
19.

Payback4u    

Hey white boys and girls do you even know the words to your anthem, bet you don't...lol

1861 days ago
20.

I_AM_A_LAWYER    

SO WHAT!!!! The Star Spangled Banner was originally a poem written by John Stafford Smith that was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song. The tune was originally called the Anacreontic Song and was sung to MANY DIFFERENT lyrics for the Anacreontic Society which was a men's social club in London. Once the song was set to the poem by John Stafford Smith, it was renamed the Star Spangled Banner. Go ahead-look it up! Tyrese does not owe anyone an apology but it was classy of him to do it anyway.

1861 days ago
21.

lakergrrl    

first of all ya are tripping!!!!! i dont think tyrese changed the words on the national anthem with any purpose of disrespecting the flag or with the intention of offending anyone. it was a spurr of the moment type of thing. he apologized already so cut the man some slack...btw...tmz is lying!!! I WAS AT GAME 5 AND RECORDED TYRESE AND NEVER DID HE GET BOOOOED!!!!! AS A MATTER OF FACT THE CROWD WENT WILD...IF YOU WANNA SEEE THE VIDEO...JUST REPLY

1861 days ago
22.

ME    

lighten up, its not like he was tring to rewrite the song, it called being a fan, showing a little team spirit, u people shoulld use this time to wine an complain about the real issues of this country, my dad is a vet an he laughed aboout it, lighted up it is too much going on in this beautiful country for u to be siittin here acting a fool about one word changed in the antham to show a little team spirit..... grow up, get a life, an on top of that he asked for forgiveness for you alll that are actin a butt about it..... try to feed the next hungry person un see, or offer the next helpless family who's home has went into foreclosure because they lost their jobs, a place to lay their head..........AN BESIDES TYRESE IS SSSSSSOOOOO SEXY!!!!!!!!!

1861 days ago
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