Mavs owner Cuban stops playing national anthem at home games

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stated Tuesday he chose prior to this season started not to play the nationwide anthem prior to the group’s house video games.

The Mavericks played their very first 10 regular-season house video games without fans. The club had fans for the very first time in Monday’s 127-122 win over Minnesota. Dallas is permitting 1,500 immunized important employees to go to video games for complimentary.

Cuban didn’t elaborate on his choice not to play the anthem, stating no one had actually observed. The Athletic initially reported that Dallas had actually dropped the anthem.

NBA representative Tim Frank stated, “Under the unique circumstances of this season, teams are permitted to run their pregame operations as they see fit.”

Cuban was outspoken versus critics of NBA gamers and coaches kneeling throughout “The Star-Spangled Banner” when the 2019-20 season resumed in the bubble in Florida last summer season.

The pregame nationwide anthem is a staple of American sports at both the expert and college level, however is far less prevalent at professional sporting occasions in other nations.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.