First NBA Team Stops Playing National Anthem Before Games

The Dallas Mavericks are currently no longer playing the nation’s Anthem, according to The Daily Wire.

Mark Cuban, The Owner of The Mavericks, does not intend to play The National Anthem at the teams home games.

Tim Cato noticed that they were skipping something.

Cato said that the Mavericks was “the first instance we know of a pro sports team striking the U.S. anthem from the pre-game.”

“None of 13 preseason and regular-season games played at the American Airlines Center this season have featured the anthem before the game, including Monday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the first played this season with a limited amount of fans in attendance,” Cato said.

“The Mavericks did not publicize the anthem’s removal, and The Athletic was the first media organization to reach out about the change after noticing its absence on Monday. Multiple team employees described only noticing the anthem’s removal on their own, as it was also not announced or explained internally.”

Sports teams began to dismiss the National Anthem in 2016 beginning with Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the National Anthem.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick stated back in 2016.

“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

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“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody.”

“I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”

“I wore these socks, in the past, because the rogue cops that are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger, but also put the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust,” Kaepernick wrote on a post on Instagram.

From The Daily Wire:

As an expression of protest against police, Kaepernick famously wore socks at practice in 2016 that depicted police officers as pigs.

In November, 2019, after skipping a workout/tryout organized by the NFL, Kaepernick, a multimillionaire endorsed by Nike, attended his own workout in a “Kunta Kinte” t-shirt, comparing himself to a defiant slave from the movie “Roots.” The film showcases an iconic scene wherein Kunta Kinte is whipped by his master for refusing to acknowledge his slave name, Toby.

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