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Mavericks ban National Anthem from home games



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The Dallas Mavericks have made the decision to no longer play the national anthem before homes games this season, according to a report released by The Athletic on Monday evening.

Team owner Mark Cuban confirmed the decision on Monday but declined a request for further comment or explanation. The Mavericks organization also declined to comment on the matter when asked earlier on Tuesday. None of the 13 home games during the preseason and regular-season have featured the anthem – including their first game with a limited audience on Monday when they hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Mavericks did not publicize the removal and team employees only noticed after paying close attention, as the decision was never announced or explained internally. As far as the media knows, this is the first instance of a US professional sports team taking a stance and striking the anthem from the pre-game.

In his 21 years as majority owner of the Mavericks, Cuban has never been one to shy away from controversy – he has been fined over $1.5 million for his behavior and critical statements toward officials and the league in general. He has also been very outspoken in his criticism toward former President Donald Trump, though primarily for his financial positions than political leanings. There has been talk over the last 13 years about Cuban’s political ambitions; at one point, Cuban floated running for President in the 2020 election,

Chris Bullock
Chris Bullock
Before joining The Ball Out, Chris Bullock was part of SB Nation's Swish Appeal for nearly three years, covering everything women's basketball. Chris has had the honor of doing live coverage of the WNBA Finals, the NCAA Tournament, and also was given his own column, "The Triple Double". A self-described "foodaholic", Chris lives in the San Diego area with his wife and two daughters, and also hosts his own podcast, "Conscious Cravings", where he speaks about his experience as a mental health advocate.

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