Dallas Mavericks decide to DROP the National Anthem before games

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has said that the team will not be playing the National Anthem before games now that they’ve begun having fans back at the games:

AXIOS – The Dallas Mavericks haven’t played the national anthem during home games this season and don’t plan to play it moving forward, owner Mark Cuban confirmed to Axios.

The Mavericks are believed to be the first American professional sports team to cease playing the anthem at home.

MLS teams didn’t play the anthem during last summer’s Orlando tournament because the league didn’t feel it was “appropriate” without fans in the stands.

But teams resumed the tradition once they returned to their home stadiums.

Cuban provided no further comment after the change was first reported by The Athletic, simply telling me: “We haven’t played it yet this season. This is the first time it’s come up.”

In June, Cuban expressed support for players kneeling, telling ESPN: “If they were taking a knee and they were being respectful, I’d be proud of them. Hopefully I’d join them.”

In July, he tweeted, “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.”

Dallas never formally announced the new policy, but Cuban was allowed to enact it because the NBA has permitted teams “to run their pregame operations as they see fit” this season, per a league spokesman.

On Monday, the Mavericks became the 11th NBA team to welcome fans, admitting 1,500 frontline workers to their game against the Timberwolves.
The backdrop: The NBA requires players to stand for the anthem, but the league hasn’t enforced the rule in recent years as kneeling became a method of protest.

I have mixed feelings on this. If players are going to kneel and protest the National Anthem, then I’d just assume they stop playing it. The heartache that comes from these type of disrespectful protests is just too much.

But on the flip side, I love starting professional games with respect for our country, our troops and our flag. After all, who should be more grateful to America and the liberty we enjoy than these athletes who get filthy rich playing a GAME as their career!

What do you think?

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