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Adkins explains Confederate flag earpiece

Thursday, November 29, 2012
FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 file photo, Trace Adkins rides a float in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Trace Adkins wore an earpiece decorated like the Confederate flag when he performed for the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting on Nov. 28, but he said he didnt mean to offend anyone by wearing it. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 file photo, Trace Adkins rides a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Trace Adkins wore an earpiece decorated like the Confederate flag when he performed for the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting on Nov. 28, but he said he didn't mean to offend anyone by wearing it. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File) (AP Photo)

Trace Adkins wore an earpiece decorated like the Confederate flag when he performed for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting but says he meant no offense by it.

Adkins appeared with the earpiece on a nationally televised special for the lighting on Wednesday. Some regard the flag as a racist symbol and criticized Adkins in Twitter postings.

But in a statement released Thursday, the Louisiana native called himself a proud American who objects to any oppression and says the flag represents his Southern heritage.

He noted he's a descendant of Confederate soldiers and says he did not intend offense by wearing it.

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