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This morning I learned that Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has stopped the playing of the National Anthem at their home games; it was his decision alone. The anthem has not played for any of the 13 games played at home. The most shocking part of this decision is that he supposedly hasn’t received negative feedback. Or maybe fans just don’t care.
Cuban has backed players’ protests in the past. In June 2020, he supported players and coaches who refused to stand during the playing of the anthem:
‘Whether it’s holding their arm up in the air, whether it’s taking a knee, whatever it is, I don’t think this is an issue of respect or disrespect to the flag or to the anthem or to our country,’ Cuban said. ‘I think this is more a reflection of our players’ commitment to this country and the fact that it’s so important to them that they’re willing to say what’s in their heart and do what they think is right.’
I had to read the quotation twice. I think any player who behaved in this way fully intended to disrespect this country.
I would love to imagine that some fans will finally choose to demonstrate their love of country and begin to sing the anthem spontaneously at an upcoming game.
Take that, Mark Cuban. No disrespect intended, of course.
Update: After this post was written, the NBA released a statement asserting that all NBA teams must begin each game with the national anthem.Published in