This apparently caused a stir, as the National Basketball Association put out a statement on Wednesday requiring that all teams play the anthem before the start of 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,” Mike Bass, the NBA’s chief communications officer, said in a statement.
“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.
But when it comes to the NBA playing the anthem, right wingers took it as an opportunity to condemn Cuban and “anti-Americanism”.
When it came to light that the Mavericks had not been playing the anthem at the opening of their games, right wing media and personalities came out in droves, insulted and aggrieved.
On a Fox News morning program, former Wisconsin congressman Sean Duffy said: “Let’s be clear: Mark Cuban is a globalist, he’s not a patriot … This is bad for America and this is great for China.” Despite trying to "be clear", this makes very little sense. The Republican lieutenant governor of Texas called Cuban’s decision a “slap in the face to every American”. Many other conservatives weighed in with similar opinions.
The anthem remains a hot button issue in the American "culture wars", although this time around it seemed Democrats and those on the left wing did not even take notice of this issue because it’s so minor.