Earlier that very same day, the team had confirmed to CNN that that they had not been taking part in it forward of their first 11 house video games on the request of proprietor Mark Cuban.
In an announcement by Cuban, he defined the choice saying: “We respect and at all times have revered the eagerness individuals have for the anthem and our nation. However we additionally loudly hear the voices of those that really feel that the anthem doesn’t characterize them. We really feel that their voices must be revered and heard, as a result of they haven’t been.
“Going ahead, our hope is that folks will take the identical ardour they’ve for this concern and apply the identical quantity of power to take heed to those that really feel in a different way from them. Solely then we will transfer ahead and have brave conversations that transfer this nation ahead and discover what unites us.”
Nonetheless because the Mavericks welcomed again followers — 1,500 vaccinated important employees, together with first responders, medical personnel, transportation employees amongst others have been in attendance — and following an announcement from the NBA, the staff selected to play the anthem forward of Wednesday’s conflict with the Atlanta Hawks.
The Mavericks finally defeated the Hawks, 118-117.
Following the information of Cuban’s request to not play the nationwide anthem, the NBA stated: “With NBA groups now within the means of welcoming followers again into their arenas, all groups will play the nationwide anthem in step with longstanding league coverage.”
League coverage states that “gamers, coaches and trainers should stand and line up in a dignified posture alongside the foul strains throughout the taking part in of the American and/or Canadian nationwide anthems.”
Nonetheless, throughout the NBA restart within the Orlando bubble final summer season, Commissioner Adam Silver declined to implement the rule as gamers started kneeling for the anthem on account of social justice considerations.
Cuban’s resolution reverberated round America, together with a query put to White Home press secretary Jen Psaki throughout her each day briefing on Wednesday.
Psaki famous that she hadn’t spoken to President Joe Biden concerning the resolution to stop taking part in the anthem at their video games, “however I do know that he is extremely proud to be an American. He has nice respect for the anthem and all that it represents, particularly for our women and men serving in uniform all world wide,” she added.
“He’d additionally say that, in fact, that a part of the pleasure of our nation means recognizing moments the place we as a rustic have not lived as much as our highest beliefs, which is usually and at instances what persons are chatting with once they take motion at sporting occasions,” Psaki continued. “And it means respecting the appropriate of individuals, granted to them within the Structure, to peacefully protest. That is why he ran for president within the first place and that is what he is centered on doing daily.”
In an interview with ESPN’s Exterior the Strains in June, Cuban stated he hoped the league “would permit gamers to do what’s of their coronary heart” in the case of the taking part in of the anthem.
“Whether or not it is holding an arm up within the air, whether or not it is taking a knee, no matter it’s, I do not assume this is a matter of respect or disrespect to the flag or to the anthem or to our nation. I feel that is extra a mirrored image of our gamers’ dedication to this nation and the truth that it is so necessary to them that they are keen to say what’s of their coronary heart and do what they assume is true.”
He later stated within the interview: “I am going to stand in unison with our gamers, no matter they select to do. However once more, when our gamers within the NBA do what’s of their coronary heart, once they do what they really feel represents who they’re and look to maneuver this nation ahead in the case of race relationships, I feel that is a lovely factor and I will be pleased with them.”
Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.