Billionaire Mark Cuban will not be allowed to silence the National Anthem at Mavericks games, so says the NBA.
The controversy began after it was revealed that the Dallas Mavericks had stopped playing the anthem before home games and that Cuban reportedly had no plans to resume the tradition.
The Dallas Mavericks have stopped playing the national anthem before home games and do not plan to resume the tradition to play the national anthem before games in the future. Mark Cuban made the decision after consulting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. https://t.co/1rgEIATgnQ
— Shahan Ahmed (@shahanLA) February 10, 2021
That is until the NBA got wind of it. The NBA issuing a stateement saying, “With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in accordance with longstanding league policy,” according to NBA Chief Communications officer Mike Bass.
The NBA has issued a statement regarding the league's rule on the national anthem.
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) February 10, 2021
Cuban issued a statement of his own: “We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country. But we also loudly hear the voices of those who feel that the anthem does not represent them. We feel that their voices need to be respected and heard, because they have not been. Going forward, our hope is that people will take the same passion they have for this issue and apply the same amount of energy to listen to those who feel differently from them. Only then we can move forward and have courageous conversations that move this country forward and find what unites us.”
The national anthem will play prior to tonight’s game and Mark Cuban has released the following statement. pic.twitter.com/rEAD9jXbSw
— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) February 10, 2021
Sounds like Cuban doesn’t support the anthem. Let’s see what the fans think!