The Dallas Mavericks have stopped enjoying the nationwide anthem earlier than residence video games and haven’t any plans to begin up once more, staff 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 staff’s 13 video games on the American Airlines Center in Dallas. ESPN added that Cuban directed the team to end the practice after a dialogue with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, though he didn’t announce the choice publicly till Tuesday’s studies.
“It was my decision, and I made it in November,” Cuban mentioned in a quick assertion to The New York Times.
Cuban mentioned final June that he would be a part of any Mavericks gamers who took a knee throughout the nationwide anthem. Athletes throughout a number of sports activities have protested systemic racism and police brutality in America by taking a knee throughout the anthem since Colin Kaepernick, then a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, made waves in 2016 by kneeling throughout the anthem in protest. The act has since become a symbol of protest or solidarity however has additionally drawn backlash and criticism, significantly 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 “issue of respect or disrespect” however reasonably a chance for gamers to “do what’s in their heart.”
“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,” he instructed ESPN at the moment. “My hope is we’ll let the players do exactly what they think is the right thing 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 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 deleted the message shortly thereafter.
An NBA spokesperson instructed Bleacher Report that the league wouldn’t intervene, saying that, “under the unique circumstances of this season, teams are permitted to run their pregame operations as they see fit.”
Silver additionally mentioned final December that he wouldn’t implement the rule.
“I recognize that this is a very emotional issue on both sides of the equation in America right now, and I think it calls for real engagement rather than rule enforcement,” he mentioned.
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