Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had not been playing the national anthem before the teams home games stating,
“We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country. 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 and 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.”
They had gone 13 games not playing the anthem until it was brought to the NBA’s attention.
NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass issued the following statement today concerning the league’s rule on playing the national anthem:
“With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy.” The NBA issuing this statement goes to show that everything the players had done as far as trying to make progress with social issues fell among deaf ears and blind eyes. If they really paid attention to what the players, who make up 80% of the league, were saying then they would understand what the protest against the anthem was really about and Adam Silver (NBA commissioner) wouldn’t have dropped the ball with this. Had he come out and not made it mandatory for teams to play the anthem it would look as if the NBA was actually moving forward towards social change and listening to the voices of those who have a grievance with the way racism is being handled in this country.
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