This season, the Dallas Mavericks have yet to play the national anthem at the American Airlines Center. In the 13 home games played, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ hasn’t been played once. Owner Mark Cuban confirmed the Mavericks plan to keep it that way moving forward.
Even as fans finally returned in limited numbers on Monday against the Timberwolves, the national anthem still didn’t sound.
In the summer, Cuban controversially replied to a Twitter thread with Senator Ted Cruz and Mark Davis — a Dallas area radio host. Davis and Cruz hoped to garner Cuban’s support backing standing for the anthem, but Cuban took the other side, saying:
“The National Anthem Police in this country are out of control. If you want to complain, complain to your boss and ask why they don’t play the National Anthem every day before you start work.”
Cuban has a long history of supporting his players and the stances they take.
This past August, he expressed his support if the Mavericks sought to boycott games in the NBA Bubble. This followed the shooting of Jacob Blake that led to several teams postponing games.
“Of course, I would support my team. A lot of things in life are more important than basketball.”