Lest you think that Mark Cuban is an affable guy with fresh takes and a rebel attitude lashing out against the cold, backroom world of pro sports, let your beliefs be shattered. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks confirmed on Tuesday that the national anthem will no longer be played before games this season. The national freaking anthem.
The Dallas Mavericks will not play the national anthem prior to home games this season.
They have not done so for any of their 13 preseason and regular-season home games to this point, and Mavericks governor Mark Cuban confirmed to Tim Cato of The Athletic on Monday that they will not play the National Anthem going forward even as fans return to the arena. Monday’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves was Dallas’ first this season with limited fans in attendance.