According to the New York Post, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has eliminated the tradition of playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” to kick off games. In fact, the team stopped using the song way earlier in the season but didn’t publicize it. Now, the Mavericks are letting a limited number of fans into American Airlines stadium to watch some live hoops. That’s when fans noticed the National Anthem’s absence.
Why the Mavericks stopped using the National Anthem
In an interview with The Athletic, Mark Cuban took credit for the move.
Cuban is a long-time supporter of all athletes’ right to protest the anthem. He told ESPN last July:
“If they were taking a knee, and they were being respectful, I’d be proud of them” and that he hoped he would “join them.” He later tweeted, in response to what he called “The National Anthem Police,” that if critics of the nonviolent protest of systemic racism in the United States took issue, then they could “complain to your boss and ask why they don’t play the National Anthem every day before you start work.”Mark Cuban, via ESPN
Bold move, Mr. Cuban!
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