Mark Cuban Backtracks On Plan To Cancel National Anthem Before Mavericks Games After Outrage

Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Mavericks basketball team is backtracking on a plan to nix America’s national anthem from future games.

Cuban commented on his plan earlier this week, but now insists that was never the plan.

His idea sparked outrage and that might have something to do with his change of heart.

FOX News reports:

Mavs’ Mark Cuban insists ‘we didn’t cancel the national anthem’

One day after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reportedly told The Athletic that the team decided not to play the national anthem at home games, the NBA released a statement regarding that the league will keep its “longstanding league policy.”

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Cuban made an appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump” and he said that the Mavericks have no problem playing the national anthem “at all” and the reason why they decided not to play it so far this season is because they felt like the tradition “did not fully represent them.”

“We’re always talking to our community. That’s something [Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall] stands for and is very insistent upon and has become a core part of who we are at the Dallas Mavericks,” Cuban told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on Wednesday. “In listening to the community, there were quite a few people who voiced their concerns, really their fears that the national anthem did not fully represent them, that their voices were not being heard.

“So we’ve had a lot of conversations about whether or not we should play the anthem. And so during the first preseason game, we decided to not play it and just see what the response was, knowing that we were going to have ongoing conversations about it. We didn’t make any decision to never play the national anthem then — that wasn’t the case at all. We didn’t cancel the national anthem.

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People are sick of the constant attacks on all things American.

The Mavericks are clearly trying to do damage control.

Good luck putting that toothpaste back in the tube.


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