Breaking News TMZ.com Mark Cuban has axed national anthems from the Dallas Mavericks’ pregame routines this season … saying Tuesday night, “It was my decision.” Cuban added in a message to the New York Times , “I made it in November.” The NBA owner declined to further explain the choice … but it seems clear, Cuban is preferring to have his team avoid all the controversy that’s come with the song’s playing over the last few years. You’ll recall … after Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the NFL’s playing of anthems in 2016 to protest police brutality and racial injustice in America — critics, including Donald Trump , slammed the move as unpatriotic. Trump went so far as to say the NFL should fire any “son of a bitch” who participated in the demonstration. The polarizing kneeling quickly spread to other sports … and despite the NBA’s longstanding stand-for-the-anthem policy, players and coaches alike knelt during the song’s playing in the NBA bubble at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement this past summer. Play video content Courtesy of NBA League Commish Adam Silver gave teams the choice this season over how to handle the pregame song … and,… Read full this story
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