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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.
originally posted by: bastion
Why does the US play the national anthem before gay rugby anyway? It's a bit weird.
I applaud you Mr. Cuban. Takes balls to make that decision, but what a creative approach it is. Takes away the athletes ability to make a scene before the game, and hopefully helps the triggered cope a little easier, knowing they won't be seeing any 'disrespect' shown to the flag during the anthem. We'll have to wait and see if this becomes a new sports trend.... who knows, maybe the traditional pre-game anthem will one day be a thing of the past!
originally posted by: Boadicea
So you "applaud" Mr. Cuban's decision (which takes "balls," so presumably no woman could make such a decision in your mind)...
originally posted by: alldaylong
a reply to: bigsnowman
I have never understood why The US National Anthem is played at domestic sports.
If an international game is being played between The US and another country then yes play the anthem.
This week, the first graders in Tamar LaSure-Owens’ class have started social studies lessons the same way every day: belting out the lyrics to a Black Lives Matter song that encourages them to speak up about social injustice.
Of course women can't do that. Hell, even the one thing they're biologically prepared to do, have a baby, now requires the man to be in the room with them for 'support'.