NBA releases statement making playing national anthem mandatory following Cuban’s previous declaration
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban confirmed to ESPN sources of his choice electing to not play the national anthem at any more home games this season. Just one day later, the NBA issued a statement on Wednesday that was in direct contrast with Cuban’s recent decision, which mandated all NBA teams to play the national anthem before games.
“With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy,” the league said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Cuban told ESPN that he previously spoke with NBA commissioner Adam Silver before he made his decision to stop playing the anthem. The Mavericks organization did not formally announce the change even though the anthem has not been played before any of the Mavericks’ 13 preseason or regular-season games.
The NBA’s rulebook does require players to stand for the national anthem but Silver has not actively enforced the rule in light of social justice reform, which has involved players kneeling during the anthem to raise awareness of social justice, racial inequality, and police brutality. For more sports coverage, click here.