NBA Reverses Mark Cuban’s Decision to Stop Playing the National Anthem Before Home Games
Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, decided to no longer play the national anthem before their home games, but the NBA reversed his actions stating arenas will be “keeping with longstanding league policy.”
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The Mavericks did not publicize the anthem’s removal, however, The Athletic noticed the anthem’s absence for all 13 preseason and regular-season games at the American Airlines Center.
Cuban spoke to NBA commissioner Adam Silver Tuesday before making the final decision, confirming his plan to ESPN.
This isn’t the first time Cuban has said something about the national anthem. He has been an outspoken advocate for peacefully protesting police brutality within the sports industry.
In July 2020, Cuban said he felt “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 said.
Upon hearing Cuban’s decision, the NBA said the national anthem at games is no longer up for discussion.
“With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all NBA teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy,” said Mike Bass, NBA communications officer, Wednesday afternoon.
Shortly after the NBA’s announcement, Cuban made his first public statement on ESPN’s The Jump. He said that there was an ongoing community discussion to no longer play the national anthem because some members felt that the tradition “did not fully represent them.”
“In listening to the community, there were quite a few people who voiced their concerns, really their fears that the national anthem did not fully represent them, that their voices were not being heard. So we’ve had a lot of conversations about whether or not we should play the anthem,” said Cuban.
“We didn’t make any decision to never play the national anthem then — that wasn’t the case at all. We didn’t cancel the national anthem. We still had our flag flying proud up on the wall at the American Airlines Center and everybody had the opportunity to address it and pray to it or salute to it or whatever their feelings are.”
Prior to Wednesday’s game, the Mavericks played the national anthem, but also released a statement from Cuban.