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Dallas Mavericks abandon National Anthem before games

The national anthem has become a patriotic ritual in sports, as it is played before most – if not all – professional and even non-professional games. 

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Written by Francis Scott Key, the “Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States in 1931 after being recognized as one of the country’s most popular patriotic songs for over a century. 

The national anthem has become a patriotic ritual in sports, as it is played before most – if not all – professional and even non-professional games. 

But, the Dallas Mavericks haven’t played the anthem during home games all season, and don’t plan to do so moving forward. 

The Mavericks have not played the anthem during any of their first 13 preseason and regular season home games, and team owner Mark Cuban confirmed that he directed the team to stop for good. 

This breaks a universal practice for professional sports, as they are the first American professional sports team to make this call. 

But this is not all new. 

Cuban’s move comes after heaps of athletes followed the lead of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, kneeling in a very controversial protest during the national anthem. 

The NBA has largely supported players who participated in the protest, tied to Black Lives Matter, and though there is a rule players must stand for the anthem, the NBA has declined to enforce it in recent years, the Washington Post reports. 

In the month following the Capitol riot, many NBA teams made the decision to take a knee during the anthem. The Mavericks were one of them. 

Cuban has previously expressed support for players kneeling. 

In June, he told ESPN: “If they were taking a knee and being respectful, I’d be proud of them. Hopefully I’d join them.” 

In July, he tweeted: “The national anthem police in this country are out of control. If you want to complain, complain to your boss and ask why they don’t play the national anthem every day before you start work.” 

But it’s totally different. The national anthem isn’t tradition in all workplaces. It is, however, tradition in sports. It is a way for the country to come together, patriotically, to collectively enjoy one of the most popular American pastimes.  

Leo Terrell shared his discontent in a tweet.

“Makes me sick to my stomach,” he said. “Totally disrespectful and un-American.”

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  1. Karen

    February 10, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    This is disgusting. I no longer watch sports because of this disrespectful display of ignorance.

  2. Y.A

    February 10, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Once again, democrats move to divide America and denigrate our traditions and heritage. The only way to get through to them is to stop watching this team. Permanently. Until they show respect for our beliefs.

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National Public Radio Discontinues Reading the Declaration of Inependence

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A post by Todd Starnes alerts that National Public Radio (NPR) has ditched its annual ritual of reading the Declaration of Independence. NPR, derisively referred to by Starnes as “National Public Welfare Radio,” announced the cessation of reading the Declaration. Which staffers at the taxpayer-funded radio network had been reading aloud the document since 1988.

The void that would have resulted from not reading the Declaration was not unfilled. “Instead, NPR broadcast an 11-minute conversation about whether or not the Founding Fathers actually meant the words “all men are created equal.” Here’s a link if you’d like to listen to their “screed” (which also reminds us frequently that many of the Founding Fathers owned slaves).

Starnes disclosed that he owns “KWAM, the leading news talk radio station in Memphis, Tennessee. It angers me that my tax dollars are used to prop up a broadcast competitor that spits on our Founding Fathers and our Founding Documents.”

Interestingly, NPR’s newly voiced contempt and cynicism for the Declaration of Independence does not encompass refusing taxpayer-funded government support. Whether or not the Founding Fathers meant what they said and what they wrote may be grist for energetic banter on a radio program that is increasingly committed to shrill progressive virtue signaling. However, the topic of this discussion among smug well-remunerated media activists is irrelevant. The words of the Founding Fathers have been inspirational for two hundred and forty-six years and have been the moral and legal foundation used to free the slaves and develop Constitutional principles to ensure that slavery can never be implemented in this country. Slavery currently exists in several countries now, but NPR is dedicated to ignoring that scourge.

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Trump Will Not Return To Twitter Despite Elon Musk Acquisition

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On Monday, former President Donald Trump said that he is not going to return to Twitter, which he was permanently banned from last year, after Twitter’s board of directors unanimously approved the sale of the company to Elon Musk.

Trump told Fox News that he is “not going on Twitter” and that he is instead going to be busy on his new social media platform, Truth Social.

“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump told Fox News. “We’re taking in millions of people, and what we’re finding is that the response on TRUTH is much better than being on Twitter. Twitter has bots and fake accounts, and we are doing everything we can.”

“The bottom line is, no, I am not going back to Twitter,” Trump concluded.

As Fox News explained, “Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat following the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot. Twitter deemed a number of his tweets connected to the violent protests as inflammatory and warned of ‘the risk of further incitement of violence.’”

On Monday, Twitter’s board of directors unanimously agreed to be acquired by Elon Musk for $54.20 per share, or approximately $44 billion.

“The two sides worked through the night to hash out a deal that would be valued at $54.20 a share, or $44 billion,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Twitter had been expected to rebuff the offer, which Mr. Musk made April 14 without saying how he would pay for it, and put in place a so-called poison pill to block him from increasing his stake. But after [Musk] disclosed that he has $46.5 billion in financing and the stock market swooned, Twitter changed its posture and opened the door to negotiations.”

In a press release, Musk highlighted the importance of free speech and Twitter’s role as a “digital town square.”

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.”

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