Mark Cuban Orders Dallas Mavericks to No Longer Play National Anthem at Home Games
Billionaire confirms his unpatriotic decision for Texas basketball team
Billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has confirmed that he has ordered his team to no longer play the American national anthem during home games.
Cuban told to The Athletic that the Mavericks has "taken a stance" against the playing of the national anthem.
The anti-Trump businessman confirmed that it was his decision to block The Star-Spangled Banner from being played prior to home games at American Airlines Center.
The Mavericks hasn’t played the national anthem prior to home games this season.
According to Cuban, the team doesn’t plan on playing it for the foreseeable future either.
He reportedly made the decision before the season began but no formal announcement was made, either internally or to the press.
The Mavericks, who has an 11-14 record, has played 12 games at their home arena this season, according to Fox News.
They haven’t played the national anthem in any of their 13 preseason games, as well as those 12 regular-season matchups, including Monday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, which was the first game with a small number of fans in the stands.
Cuban and the Mavericks didn’t publicize the removal of the national anthem prior to games, but The Athletic reached out to the team after realizing that it wasn’t played before Monday’s matchup.
A number of team employees only noticed the removal of the anthem on their own, according to The Athletic.
They also said that it was not announced or explained internally.
The Athletic reported that Cuban declined a request for further comment or explanation Monday evening.
The Mavericks organization also declined comment Tuesday, per the website.
The move isn't all that surprising considering Cuban has been an outspoken supporter of the radical-Left Black Lives Matter organization.
He has also backed professional athletes kneeling in protest of "police brutality," something former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick started.
Last July, Cuban told ESPN he would be proud of his team for deciding to kneel.
"If they were taking a knee and they were being respectful, I'd be proud of them," he said at the time.
"Hopefully I'd join them."
"Whether it's holding their arm up in the air, whether it's taking a knee, whatever it is, I don't think this is an issue of respect or disrespect to the flag or to the anthem or to our country," Cuban said.
"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."
The NBA requires players to stand during the national anthem, although commissioner Adam Silver has not enforced the rule.