Opinion: Mavericks Stop Playing the Anthem

Daniel Labrozzi, Writer

The NBA and all major sports corps have been kneeling for the national anthem to raise awareness of racism, but the Mavericks took it to another level when the owner Mark Cuban decided that they will not be playing the anthem anymore. He said, “We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country. I have always stood for the anthem with the hand over my heart — no matter where I hear it played. But we also hear the voices of those who do not feel the anthem represents them. We feel they also need to be respected and heard, because they have not been heard. The hope is that those who feel passionate about the anthem being played will be just as passionate in listening to those who do not feel it represents them.” 

After all of this happened, the NBA had ruled that the Mavericks and all other teams must play the national anthem before games like it always has been, but they have relaxed their rule that all players must stand. 

I personally feel that all sports and all organizations should be required to play and stand during the anthem because that’s what the U.S stands for and if you live here, you should follow it, even if you don’t agree. The anthem represents what the US has fought for, all the soldiers that help us keep our freedom, and all the policemen that help us day to day. Even if people don’t agree, they should still honor the anthem because it represents those who protect us and our freedoms, like having the right to vote.