I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it appears we are in a moment in time where everyone is exposing which side of the line they stand on.
For America or against America.
Right or left.
Nationalist or globalist.
For God or at war with God.
Pepsi or Coke.
Sorry about that last one.
But you get the idea.
The battle lines are being drawn and people are claiming sides by their words and actions.
And Mark Cuban unfortunately just sided on the “against America” side.
So sad to see.
Guess it just proves money can’t buy class or intelligence.
Take a look at this and ask yourself if you ever thought this would happen in America:
The Mark Cuban national anthem story is not a sports story its part of a much larger campaign against conservative values.
The avalanche of negative attacks on
Are designed to demonize the brand and conservatives better fight back soon.
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) February 10, 2021
The Mavericks have stopped playing the national anthem before home games at the direction of owner Mark Cuban, he confirmed to ESPN.
The Mavs do not plan to resume the tradition to play the national anthem before games in the future. https://t.co/nFEI5g2AsU
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 10, 2021
Mark Cuban decided before the season the Mavericks would no longer play the national anthem, and it hasn't been before any of the team's 13 home games.
It's the first instance we know of a pro sports team striking the U.S. anthem from the pre-game. https://t.co/VaReFVCu4U
— tim cato (@tim_cato) February 10, 2021
I was disappointed to read that @DallasMavs owner @MCuban confirmed they have stopped playing the #NationalAnthem at their home games—& don’t plan to play it in the future. Who would have believed that it could become a point of contention in our country? https://t.co/Df3ctw57GI
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) February 10, 2021
From Fox News:
The NBA is requiring that all teams play the national anthem before games “in keeping with longstanding league policy,” just one day after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told The Athletic the team decided not to play it at home games.
NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass released a statement on Wednesday, just a day after Cuban said he had no plans to play the national anthem at any future home games.
“With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming back fans into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy,” Bass said.
Cuban told The New York Times: “We are good with it.”
The Mavericks have not played the national anthem at any home games at American Airlines Center this season, a decision Cuban made back in November.
Sources close to Cuban told The Athletic earlier Wednesday that the decision wasn’t “because they don’t love U.S., but because many feel anthem doesn’t represent them, and they want to continue discussion of how to represent people from all communities when honoring U.S. at game.”
The league’s announcement appears to be a reversal from its initial response on Tuesday in which NBA spokesman Tim Frank told the Associated Press, “Under the unique circumstances of this season, teams are permitted to run their pregame operations as they see fit.”
“We respect and always have respect the passion people have for the anthem and our country,” the statement began. “I have always stood for the anthem with the hand over my heart – no matter where I hear it played.”
He continued: “But we also hear the voices of those who do not feel the anthem represents them. We feel they also need to be respected and heard, because they have not been heard. The hope is that those who feel passionate about the anthem being played will be just as passionate in listening to those who do not feel it represents them.”
The Mavs released a team statement on the issue as well.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the league’s reversal.