For a long time now, we’ve seen professional athletes take a knee during the national anthem. They claim it’s a form of protest and defend it as a freedom of speech issue.
But perhaps it’s going too far to completely remove the anthem from the world of sports. That’s exactly what one NBA owner tried to do this week, believing he was supporting his players.
However, the league just fired back in a big way.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is known for being outspoken and a little brash. In other words, he’s never afraid to say – or do – exactly what he wants.
In this case, though, he made a big mistake:
He tried to say his players might feel like the anthem “doesn’t represent them,” and announced the Mavericks would stop playing the song before their games.
But the NBA responded quickly — and they’ve officially overruled Cuban. Via Breitbart:
The Dallas Mavericks have not played the national anthem all season long, but they’ll start playing it again right away.
Despite an order from Mavs Owner Mark Cuban to not play the anthem reportedly because ‘many feel it does not represent them,’ the league has stepped-in and mandated that ‘all teams’ will play the anthem before games.
Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass said playing the national anthem is a “longstanding league policy,” and it will remain league policy.
As such, no owner can stop the anthem from playing. And of course, that includes the outspoken Cuban.
So far, the Mavericks have played 13 home preseason and regular-season games, and not once has the anthem been played. Unsurprisingly, this annoyed more than a few fans.
And it got the attention of the league, too, which is why they’ve worked quickly to reinstate the Star Spangled Banner in Dallas.
Cuban says he defers to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on this issue but added that he wants his players to “do exactly what they think is the right thing to do.”
The move comes as a surprise to some, though, because ESPN originally reported that Cuban made his decision to stop playing the anthem after consulting with Silver.
Well, that either wasn’t true, or maybe Silver had a change of heart due to fan backlash.
Many fans may not understand why NBA players think the anthem “doesn’t represent them.” After all, this country turned them into multi-millionaires the media fawns all over on a daily basis.
That’s probably why they really weren’t on board with another mega-rich sports man (Cuban) banning the national anthem.
- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stopped playing the national anthem before home games.
- But the NBA has mandated that “all teams” must play the anthem due to a “longstanding league policy.”
- Cuban said he deferred to the Commissioner on the decision, but added that he hopes the players will keep expressing themselves.