Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday he decided before the season not to have the national anthem played before the team’s home games.
The Mavericks played their first 10 regular-season home games at the American Airlines Center without fans. The club had fans for the first time in Monday’s 127-122 win over Minnesota. Dallas is allowing 1,500 vaccinated essential workers to attend games for free.
Cuban didn’t elaborate on his decision not to play the anthem, saying nobody had noticed. The Athletic was first to report that Dallas had dropped the anthem.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank said, “Under the unique circumstances of this season, teams are permitted to run their pregame operations as they see fit.”
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SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press