The team has not performed the anthem in eleven video games at American Airlines Center this season and doesn’t plan to play the anthem sooner or later, a team spokesperson stated.
Team proprietor, Mark Cuban, directed the team to cease playing the anthem earlier than the season, in response to a number of experiences.
No cause was given on why this choice was made. CNN has reached out to Cuban for remark.
The Mavericks had not performed a recreation in entrance of any followers till this Monday when the team welcomed 1,500 vaccinated important staff — together with first responders, medical personnel, transportation staff amongst others — to the world.
NBA anthem coverage states that: “Players, coaches and trainers must stand and line up in a dignified posture along the foul lines during the playing of the American and/or Canadian national anthems.”
The NBA didn’t instantly reply to CNN’s request for remark.
During the NBA’s 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 protests in opposition to police brutality and advocating for social justice.
In an interview with ESPN’s Outside the Lines in June 2020, Cuban stated he hoped the league “would allow players to do what is in their heart” in relation to the playing of the anthem.
“Whether it’s holding an arm up in the air, whether it’s taking a knee, whatever it is, I don’t think this is an issue of respect or disrespect to the flag or to the anthem or to our country. I think this is more a reflection of our players’ commitment to this country, and the fact that it’s so important to them that they’re willing to say what’s in their heart and do what they think is right.
He later said in the interview: “I’ll stand in unison with our gamers, no matter they select to do. But once more, when our gamers within the NBA do what’s of their coronary heart, after they do what they really feel represents who they’re and look to maneuver this nation ahead in relation to race relationships, I feel that is a stupendous factor and I’ll be pleased with them.”
The Mavs’ subsequent house recreation is on Wednesday in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks.