The Dallas Mavericks have stopped enjoying the nationwide anthem earlier than dwelling video games and don’t have any plans to begin up once more, crew proprietor Mark Cuban confirmed to media retailers on Tuesday.
The Athletic first reported that the Mavericks had not performed the anthem at any of the crew’s 13 video games on the American Airways Middle in Dallas. ESPN added that Cuban directed the crew to finish the apply after a dialogue with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, though he didn’t announce the choice publicly till Tuesday’s studies.
“It was my choice, and I made it in November,” Cuban stated in a quick assertion to The New York Instances.
Cuban stated final June that he would be part of any Mavericks gamers who took a knee in the course of the nationwide anthem. Athletes throughout a number of sports activities have protested systemic racism and police brutality in America by taking a knee in the course of the anthem since Colin Kaepernick, then a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, made waves in 2016 by kneeling in the course of the anthem in protest. The act has since turn out to be a logo of protest or solidarity however has additionally drawn backlash and criticism, notably from then-President Donald Trump.
The NBA has guidelines mandating that gamers and coaches stand for the nationwide anthem, however Cuban argued in June that it wasn’t an “subject of respect or disrespect” however slightly a chance for gamers to “do what’s of their coronary heart.”
“I believe that is extra a mirrored image of our gamers’ dedication to this nation and the truth that it’s so essential to them that they’re keen to say what’s of their coronary heart and do what they suppose is true,” he informed ESPN at the moment. “My hope is we’ll let the gamers do precisely what they suppose is the precise factor to do.”
Shortly after these feedback, Cuban addressed critics of his stance, specifically Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), saying on Twitter: “The National Anthem Police on this nation are uncontrolled. If you wish to complain, complain to your boss and ask why they don’t play the National Anthem on daily basis earlier than you begin work.”
He deleted the message shortly thereafter.
An NBA spokesperson informed Bleacher Report that the league wouldn’t intervene, saying that, “underneath the distinctive circumstances of this season, groups are permitted to run their pregame operations as they see match.”
Silver additionally stated final December that he wouldn’t implement the rule.
“I acknowledge that it is a very emotional subject on each side of the equation in America proper now, and I believe it requires actual engagement slightly than rule enforcement,” he stated.
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