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Dallas Mavericks Decide To Spit In Face Of The United States. UPDATED!

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED. SEE UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM.

The NBA Dalla Mavericks have decided not to play the United States National anthem before their home games.

The Dallas Mavericks have stopped playing the national anthem before home games at the direction of owner Mark Cuban, he confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

The Mavericks do not plan to resume the tradition to play the national anthem before games in the future.

Cuban, who declined further comment, made the decision after consulting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. The Mavericks did not announce the change in policy, but the national anthem has not been played before any of their 13 preseason and regular-season games at the American Airlines Center this season.

No players, coaches or staffers from other teams have mentioned the change, according to a team source.

It has been speculated that this decision by Cuban is related to “social justice” issues in the country.

In an interview with ESPN’s Outside the Lines in June 2020, Cuban said he hoped the league “would allow players to do what is in their heart” when it comes to the playing of the anthem.

“Whether it’s holding an 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. 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.

He later said in the interview: “I’ll stand in unison with our players, whatever they choose to do. But again, when our players in the NBA do what’s in their heart, when they do what they feel represents who they are and look to move this country forward when it comes to race relationships, I think that’s a beautiful thing and I’ll be proud of them.”

The problem with the idea of “doing what is right in your heart” in this instance is that national anthem is a unifier when it comes to the country. It is a song that we can all join hands, lock arms, stand and sing to the top of our lungs. Race doesn’t matter. Gender doesn’t matter. Religion doesn’t matter. Just one voice of the people for one moment.

One short period of time when we can all agree on something.

So instead of trying to unify the country and deal with whatever problems think we have here in the US, decisions like this divides us more. Men and women who fought for the country stand there in disbelief as the very freedoms they help maintained are essentially spat upon by others.

Most of those military men and women won’t make in their lifetime what the players on the Mavericks make.

For the 2020 – 2021 season, the Mavericks’ payroll for just the fifteen players is $126,463,122. The Mav’s have guaranteed contracts for players worth $253,301,786.

While we do not disparage the players from making that amount of money, there is something that is out of whack when the players, who play in arguably the most selfish of all team sports while making millions and a billionaire owner want to try and tear down the very country that gave them the freedoms to make those sums of money.

This summer, the Olympics will be held in Tokyo, and for every American that wins a gold medal, the national anthem will be played.

The Mavericks need to take that to heart.

It is acceptable for families to fight and argue which is what seems to be happening in the US now. What is not acceptable is to try and tear the family apart.


UPDATE!

The Mavericks are going to play the National Anthem again.

According to ESPN:

In the wake of the NBA issuing a statement Wednesday reiterating its longstanding league policy that “all teams will play the national anthem,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said during an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump that his organization has no problem playing the anthem “at all,” and that the decision to not do so to this point in the season was the product of ongoing conversations with members of the community who felt the tradition “did not fully represent them.”

Cuban on Tuesday had told ESPN that he had made the decision to stop playing the national anthem before home games after consulting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. The Mavericks did not announce the change in policy, but the national anthem had not been played before any of their 13 preseason and regular-season games at the American Airlines Center this season.

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“We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country,” Cuban said in the statement. “But we also loudly hear the voices of those who feel that the anthem does not represent them. We feel that their voices need to be respected and heard, because they have not been.

“Our hope is that going forward people will take the same passion they have for this issue and apply the same amount of energy to listen to those who feel differently from them,” he said. “Then we can move forward and have courageous conversations that move this country forward and find what unites us.”

Sorry, but we have heard those voices and disagree that the anthem “doesn’t represent them.”

It is the anthem of the Unites States of America.

If you don’t like the US, or it’s anthem, there’s always other countries for you to emigrate to.

But the players, or the so called “community” won’t do that. That would require actions instead of mere words.



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