No National Anthem For The Dallas Mavericks
According to multiple news sources Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has made the decision to no longer have the National Anthem as part of pre-game activities.
According to TMZ Mark Cuban told the New York Times that he actually made this decision back in November. Apparently this is not something new or something that just started happening. The Mavericks have not played the anthem in any of their 13 preseason or regular games so far. The Pelicans may follow suit.
Some might view this act as unpatriotic or un American but this apparently is Mark Cuban's way of staying out of conflict. If thinks if he avoids the situation all together than their won't be an issue.
FYI, Cuban has supported peaceful protests during the national anthems in the past ... saying to ESPN in June before the NBA's bubble restart, "If they were taking a knee and they were being respectful, I’d be proud of them."
"Hopefully, I’d join them."
Bringing up the Pelican's their Coach Steve Van Gundy also said per TMZ:
"If you think the anthem needs to be played before sporting events, then play it before every movie, concert, church service and the start of every work day at every business," Van Gundy added. "What good reason is there to play the anthem before a game?"
I personally don't agree. Like the Aaron Tippin song says, "you've got to stand for something or you will fall for anything." As Americans we should be proud every time the anthem is played. We should stand and salute or put our hands over our hearts. People are forgetting the sacrifices that the people before for us gave and the battles they fought for us to be able to live the way we do. Just my two cents.
Will you be attending any Mavericks games this year. Are you still going to support the team? I know there are quite a few Mavs fans out there.
BTW this is the face Mark Cuban will be making when Texans stop buying tickets to his games.
Just ask the NFL and Jerry Jones how many people kept their seasons tickets after the NFL took the stance they took.