NBA States All Teams Will Play National Anthem
This statement was made in response to Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban.
Dallas Mavericks' owner and business extraordinaire Mark Cuban, has made waves in the NBA and across the nation after stating that his team has stopped playing the national anthem before Mavericks' basketball games. He also said that there were no plans to do so in the future either. Well, this caught the attention of the NBA and now the NBA has released an official statement.
"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 league said in a statement.
Mark Cuban's actions prompted firery debate on the subject, so much so that a question was asked about it at a recent White House briefing. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she had not spoken to President Joe Biden about the issue.
"I know he's incredibly proud to be an American and has great respect for the anthem and all that it represents,'' Psaki said. "He'd also say, of course, that part of pride in our country means recognizing where we as a country haven't lived up to our highest ideals."
A large number of NBA players and coaches kneeled during the national anthem during the NBA's restart last summer in Orlando, this after the league had incorporated messaging supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
In a June interview on ESPN's Outside the Lines, Cuban expressed support for players kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest.
"If they were taking a knee and they were being respectful, I'd be proud of them. Hopefully I'd join them," Cuban said.
Cuban added then that he hoped the league would "allow players to do what's in their heart."