UPDATE: After Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the National Anthem would no longer be played before home games, the NBA informed him that the league policy is that all teams will play the National Anthem, and that includes the Mavericks.
Cuban said he would resume playing the Anthem, but added, “We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country. But we also loudly hear the voices of those who feel that the anthem does not represent them. We feel that their voices need to be respected and heard, because they have not been.”
Does anyone else feel that those are the only voices we’re hearing these days?
Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki also weighed in with a similar statement, saying that Biden “has great respect for the anthem and all that it represents, especially for our men and women serving in uniform around the world,” but “he’d also say that, of course, that part of pride in our country means recognizing moments where we as a country haven’t lived up to our highest ideals.”
When I look at some of the people we’ve elected, I’d sadly have to agree. But that doesn’t mean it’s okay to express it by disrespecting the National Anthem.