Mark Cuban’s Mavs play national anthem after NBA reiterates policy | WETM
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DALLAS (NewsNation Now) – Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on Tuesday he decided before this season started not to play the national anthem before the team’s home games. On Wednesday night, the “Star Spangled Banner” played the Mavs game after the NBA reiterated its policies.
Cuban did not initially explain his decision not to play the anthem, saying no one noticed him. The Athletic first reported that Dallas had dropped the anthem.
The decision was reprimanded in a statement Wednesday by the NBA.
“With the NBA teams now welcoming fans to their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in accordance with long-standing league policy,” said Mike Bass, communications director of the league. NBA.
After the NBA’s response, the Mavericks’ PR Twitter account announcement the “national anthem will play ahead of tonight’s game” with a statement attributed to Cuba:
We respect and have always respected the passion of the people for the anthem and our county. But we also hear loudly the voices of those who feel that the hymn does not represent them. We believe their voices should be respected and heard, because they were not.
In the future, we hope that people will have the same passion they have for this issue and apply the same amount of energy to listen to those who feel different from them. Only then can we move forward and have courageous conversations that will move this country forward and find what unites us.
Cuban was outspoken against criticism from kneeling NBA players and coaches during “The Star-Spangled Banner” when the 2019-20 season resumed in the Florida bubble last summer.
The pre-game national anthem is a staple in American sport at the professional and college level, but it is much less common at professional sporting events in other countries.
The Mavericks played their first 10 home games of the regular season without fans. The club had fans for the first time in Monday’s 127-122 win over Minnesota. Dallas allows 1,500 vaccinated essential workers to attend games for free.