Mark Cuban Reportedly Stopped Playing National Anthem At Mavs Games Because ‘Many Feel Anthem Doesn’t Represent Them’

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We now know why Mark Cuban decided to stop playing the national anthem before Mavs games.

On Tuesday night, it was revealed that the team hadn’t played the anthem during their first 13 home games without much explanation.

Via The Athletic

The Dallas Mavericks have ceased playing the national anthem before home games this season and do not plan to play it moving forward, a decision made by owner Mark Cuban that he confirmed to The Athletic on Monday evening.

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.

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.

On Wednesday morning The Athletic’s Shams Charania is reporting that Cuban is telling people around him that he stopped playing the anthem because “many feel anthem doesn’t represent them.”

Over the summer, Cuban was vocal in his support of players deciding to kneel during the anthem to shed light on racial injustice in the country.

Cuban has yet to publicly comment on why he chose to stop playing the anthem, but I’m sure we’ll hear from him soon.