Dallas Mavericks’ Owner Mark Cuban Cancels National Anthem Before Games
Dallas Mavericks fans will not hear the National Anthem before home basketball games because owner Mark Cuban decided to cancel it.
Mark Cuban has canceled the National Anthem before Dallas Mavericks home basketball games. The NBA previously required all teams to play “The Star Spangled Banner” before each game, but now it is at the discretion of owners. And, Cuban sent the song to the chopping block.
The change happened a few weeks back, but went unnoticed.
The Mavericks began 13 home games without the National Anthem before Cuban was asked about it.
Mark Cuban Made National Anthem Decision In November
The absence likely went unnoticed because of the lack of fans permitted at NBA games.
Only recently have just a few Maverick fans been able to attend. Cuban made the decision to cut the anthem in the fall but is finally getting around to acknowledging it publicly.
“It was my decision, and I made it in November,” the Mavericks owner told The Athletic.
Mark Cuban and the Mavericks have ceased playing the National Anthem before home games, per @tim_cato
They have no plans to restart playing the anthem moving forward. pic.twitter.com/2Q4Hyh7vTw
— Top Ball Coverage (@TopBallCoverage) February 10, 2021
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This hard line against the National Anthem in Texas, one of the most only patriotic states in the nation, might not sit well with fans.
The sanitizing of America pride is not typically welcome in the Lone Star state.
I have been a lifelong Dallas Mavericks fan! Diehard! But I’m not sure if we are going in the same direction! They, Mark Cuban, has decided to not play the National Anthem anymore before their games. I’m not going to get behind that! I’m done watching!
— Dale West (@CoachDaleWest) February 10, 2021
Sports And Politics
Sports fans have been getting served up a heavy dose of liberal politics over the past few years with the help of Colin Kaepernick.
Now, Cuban has stripped the National Anthem from Mavericks games adding insult to injury.
He pointed to the possibility of this decision last summer and when the NBA gave permission amidst the pandemic, Cuban took it.
The American billionaire who made his fortune here doesn’t believe in public patriotism.
Perhaps he is so rich that he just doesn’t care about the consequences and instead wants liberal social change at any cost.
However, maybe if this happens, he’ll rethink:
Mark Cuban's ticket sales, jersey sales, and local tv ratings are going to TANK.
The people of Texas are not going to support this nonsense, they are patriots!
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) February 10, 2021
In June, the “Shark Tank” host said:
“The National Anthem Police in this country are out of control. If you want to complain, complain to your boss and ask why they don’t play the National Anthem every day before you start work.”
He also said he’d be proud of his players if they took a knee during the anthem. Now, the anthem’s been cancelled.
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) June 18, 2020
Sports fans generally watch in part to escape the everyday worries of life.
The politicization of nearly every aspect of our lives continue with these barrage of changes to accommodate liberals.
Sports are certainly not exempt.