Following the NBA’s statement on Wednesday, reiterating its longstanding policy that “all teams will play the national anthem,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said during an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump that his organization has no problem with it had to play the anthem “at all” and that the decision not to do so by this point in the season was the result of ongoing discussions with members of the community who felt the tradition “did not fully represent it”

The Cuban told ESPN on Tuesday that, after consulting with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, he had decided not to play the national anthem before home games.The Mavericks did not announce the policy change, but the national anthem was in front of none of them 13 games in preseason and regular season have been played at the American Airlines Center this season

“We’re always talking to our community. This is something [Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall] stands for and insists on and has become a central part of our role with the Dallas Mavericks,” the Cuban told Rachel on Wednesday ESPN’s Nichols “As they listened to the community, there were some people who voiced their concerns, really their fears that the national anthem was not fully representing them, that their voices were not being heard. So we had a lot of conversations about whether we could get the anthem to play or not to play during the first preseason game we decided not to play it and just see what the reaction was, knowing we would have ongoing talks about it, we didn’t make a decision at the time, never against the national team to play – that wasn’t the case at all. We didn’t cancel the national anthem. We still proudly had our flag in America n Airlines Center on the wall and everyone had the opportunity to speak to them and pray or say hello or whatever their feelings are “

Cuban added that the organization had always talked about that they would likely resume playing the anthem at some point, likely when fans were allowed to return to the arena The Mavericks had no fans for their first 10 regular season games before 1500 vaccinated key workers were able to participate free of charge on Monday against Minnesota

“There was never a final decision that we would not play the anthem,” said the Cuban

Following the NBA announcement, the Mavericks said they would play the anthem against Atlanta starting Wednesday night while they release a statement from Cuban

“We respect and have always respected the passion that people have for the anthem and our country,” said the Cuban in the statement. “But we also hear loudly the voices of those who feel that the anthem is them not represented We believe their voices need to be respected and heard because they weren’t

“We hope that in the future people will share the same passion for this topic and put the same energy into listening to those who feel different from them,” he said. “Then we can go forward and have bold conversations that do this Bring the country forward and find out what connects us ”

The Mavs’ attempt to stop playing the anthem had reverberated across the country, including a question to White House press secretary Jen Psaki during her daily briefing on Wednesday athlete protests against social and racial injustice during the anthem were became a focal point between then-President Donald Trump and various leagues during his tenure

“I know that he is incredibly proud to be American and has great respect for the anthem and everything it represents,” said Psaki. “He would of course also say that part of the pride is in ours Land means recognizing where we as a country have not fulfilled our highest ideals ”

The response to the anthem’s ending was at the Texas Capitol, where Republican Lt Gov Dan Patrick tweeted the Cuban to “sell the & franchise that some Texas Patriots are going to buy” “Other GOP lawmakers suggested that the tax breaks the American Airlines Center receives should be re-examined.” / p>

When asked by Nichols about the backlash he received for not playing the anthem, the Cuban replied, “When you try to do things that are difficult, it never becomes easy if you have a social one Creating Change, It Never Gets Easy That we’ve seen all summer We listen to people; there have been plenty of people who have tried to stand up for what they believe in and have not really been heard These are difficult conversations that will not go away whether we play the national anthem or not, we’re just glad we didn’t have this conversation to choose from, not because of some tragedy that sparked the conversation “

The NBA rulebook requires players to stand during the national anthem, but Silver has refused to enforce that rule, especially since kneeling during the anthem has been a way of protesting social injustice over the past few years

The vast majority of NBA players and many coaches kneeled during the national anthem during the NBA restart last summer in Orlando, Florida when the league posted news in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and other social justice issues in court design and other included ways

In a June interview on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Cuban expressed its support in protest for players kneeling during the national anthem

“If they took one knee and were respectful I would be proud of them. Hopefully I would join them,” said the Cuban

Cuban then added that he hoped the league would “allow players to do what is in their hearts”

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Source: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30874241/nba-issues-statement-saying-all-teams-play-national-anthem