Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Cancels National Anthem and Faces Raging Backlash

Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner Mark Cuban is facing raging backlash over ending the playing and singing of the National Anthem before home games.

The decision was made in November and Cuban recently confirmed the move with The Athletic.

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At the time of this post, Cuban has not confirmed if the National Anthem will resume in the future before home games.

The Washington Post reports:

Cuban denied to The Post a report from the Athletic, the first to break the story, that the organization had decided not to play “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the American Airlines Center moving forward.

“That is incorrect,” Cuban said in an email. “We have given no comment on what our plans are.”

Former San Francisco NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the on-field kneeling protest over his feelings of “racial inequality and police brutality,” resulting in other league players kneeling.

As a result, other professional sports teams kneeled during the National Anthem and Cuban is on board with his players kneeling.

The New York Post reports:

Cuban has been vocal about his support for those who wish to kneel during the playing of the national anthem, the practice which former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began in 2016 and which became a lightning rod for partisan political debate.

Cuban’s decision was met with fierce backlash on social media.

Standing during the National Anthem is a traditional patriotic recognition of our flag, country, and service members.

Cuban canceling the playing and singing of the National Anthem altogether is divisive and unpatriotic.