Looks like Mark Cuban’s virtue signal has backfired especially bad. Screw the Chinese Basketball Association.
Outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban ignited a firestorm of fury for canceling the national anthem at home games — while earning praise from some athletes and the Biden administration.
Cuban on Tuesday told The Athletic that the team would no longer play “The Star-Spangled Banner,” with the anthem increasingly becoming a hot-button issue in American sports as some athletes kneel or stay in the locker room to protest discriminatory policing against minority communities.
The NBA, however, swatted the move down like an All-Defensive Team center on Wednesday, reminding teams that the anthem must be played prior to all games in a league-wide memo, which Cuban quickly caved to ahead of the team’s evening home tilt against the Atlanta Hawks.
The forced U-turn, however, didn’t stop critics from lighting into Cuban and the Mavs on social media.
“Get woke, go broke!” tweeted Anthony White, the vice president of the Fort Worth Police Officers’ Association union, prior to the reversal. “I won’t spend another cent on @dallasmavs.”