The Orlando Magic and the Dallas Mavericks play in an otherwise empty American Airlines Center during the very first half of an NBA basketball video game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Dallas. (Jeffrey McWhorter/ AP).

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has actually decided the team will no longer play the U.S. national anthem prior to house games this season and going forward, according to The Athletic’s Tim Cato.

The team has yet to play the anthem at any of the 13 preseason and regular-season games at American Airlines Center in 2020-21, nor did it publicize the absence of its presence. Cuban declined to comment further to The Athletic.

Per Cato, due to the distinct circumstances of this season, the NBA has permitted teams to run their pregame operations “as they choose.”.

The NBA rulebook needs gamers to stand during the anthem, however, the league has chosen against imposing that stipulation as gamers, coaches, staff and executives have actually utilized the anthem as a technique of protesting against racial and social injustices in the U.S.

Cuban has revealed his support for these kinds of protests in the past, telling ESPN last July prior to the NBA resuming its season that “Hopefully, I ‘d join them.”.

” If they were taking a knee, and they were being respectful, I ‘d take pride in them.”.

2 days after those remarks, he tweeted “The nationwide anthem authorities in this nation are out of control.”.

” If you wish to complain, complain to your employer and ask why they do not play the nationwide anthem every day before you begin work,” he wrote.

Per The Athletic, the Mavericks are believed to be the very first professional sports group in The United States and Canada to stop playing the anthem before video games. MLS did not play the anthem throughout its bubble tournament, however groups have considering that resumed the custom.