THE ANTHEM: Mark Cuban Takes A Stand… He Should Have Asked The League, First

Written by Wes Walker on February 11, 2021

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Watching Mark Cuban backpedal from his ‘principled stand’ is enough to give a guy whiplash.

For anyone who doesn’t already know (or care), Mark Cuban is the billionaire owner of an NBA franchise, specifically the Dallas Mavericks.

He made headlines earlier this week when it came to light that his team hadn’t been playing the national anthem this year… by design.

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.

…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. —CBS

When the owner of a business ‘decides’ something about how to run things, that’s not an accident, that is a choice. This is an important thing to keep in mind as we watch him backpedal from that decision.

“So we’ve had a lot of conversations about whether or not we should play the anthem. And so during the first preseason game, we decided to not play it and just see what the response was, knowing that we were going to have ongoing conversations about it. We didn’t make any decision to never play the national anthem then — that wasn’t the case at all. We didn’t cancel the national anthem. We still had our flag flying proud up on the wall at the American Airlines Center and everybody had the opportunity to address it and pray to it or salute to it or whatever their feelings are.”

“There was never any final decision that was made that we would not play the anthem,” Cuban added. —FoxNews

So, this was either what you might call an ‘evolving position’ where they would kind of feel their way forward…

OR…

This was a trial balloon for woke-ness to see whether they would get meaningful blowback for kicking the anthem to the curb. Notice the awkward wording in his second quote. “…had the opportunity to address it and pray to it or salute to it or whatever their feelings are…”

Pray “to” the flag? Salute “to” the flag? Does he really not get that the flag is a stand-in for something greater than itself? You look TO the flag and BEYOND it to the greater thing it symbolizes. In case he hasn’t clued in yet, it represents America itself, and the people (both past and present) who comprise her.

His principled stand didn’t last very long.

The national anthem, however, was not played at Dallas’ arena Monday night, when some fans were invited to watch the game in-person for the first time this season.

Up until that point, it hadn’t been documented that Cuban had told the team ahead of the season to stop playing the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the American Airlines Center moving forward.

On Wednesday, the NBA said it would require all teams to play the national anthem.

The Mavericks played the national anthem before Wednesday’s game and all players appeared to stand. Several fans cheered afterward. —NewYorkPost

Do you think maybe the NBA’s decision had anything to do with the fact that even Brady and Mahomes matching up for the Big Game, and Brady competing for a 7th title wasn’t enough to bring in a decent viewership for Superbowl LV?

TV ratings topped out at around 92 million, failing to even crack the 100 million threshold. It’s the lowest that number has been in years. You think the NFL kicking their fans in the face has had anything to do with those numbers?

Mark is a real ‘tough guy’ — until he gets his leash yanked. Want a better example of both ‘badass’ and ‘principled’? Go to the original principled tough guy.

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