The NBA told its teams Wednesday afternoon that they must play the national anthem before home games. A day after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban confirmed his team hadn’t been doing so.
Cuban said he never intended to fully cease playing the anthem UFABET.
The Dallas Mavericks have played 11 regular-season home games this season. But Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves was the first with fans in attendance.
The Mavericks resumed playing the anthem before their game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, and Cuban talked about the controversy on ESPN.
“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.
The Mavericks released a statement from Cuban earlier.
“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. Going forward, our hope is that people will take the same passion they have for this issue.
Apply the same amount of energy to listen to those who feel differently from them. Only then we can move forward and have courageous conversations that move this country forward and find what unites us.”
Criticism to news of Cuban’s initial decision not to play the anthem came rapidly from Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who addressed Cuban directly on Twitter.
While NBA rules require players to stand for the playing of the anthem, Silver hasn’t enforced that regulation.
Silver said in December regarding standing for the anthem, “I recognize that this is a very emotional issue on both sides of the equation in America right now. I think it calls for real engagement rather than rule enforcement.”
Cuban came out last year in favor of players taking a knee during the anthem. He told ESPN in June 2020, “If they were taking a knee and they were being respectful, I’d be proud of them. Hopefully I’d join them.”