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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. 



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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OUCH: NBC’s Chuck Todd says Biden ‘no longer seen as competent and effective’



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On Sunday, NBC anchor Chuck Todd lamented that Democrats are in for a “shellacking” in November. In the opening segment for “Meet the Press” Todd discussed a recent NBC poll showing Biden’s “dismal approval ratings” as the midterm election year begins.

The poll’s 43% approval rating shows Biden has “lost his identity” and was “no longer seen as competent and effective” in the eyes of the voters, said Todd. A drastic statement indeed, coming from the leftwing mainstream media that has gone above and beyond to protect President Biden.

“President Biden’s news conference on Wednesday was designed to kick off a second year reset of his presidency, recapture his political identity, if you will, but our new NBC News poll suggests Mr. Biden does need a reset because he’s lost his identity a bit” said Todd of Biden’s bizarre and rambling news conference that lasted nearly two hours.

“He’s no longer seen as competent and effective, no longer seen as a good commander-in-chief, or perhaps most damaging, as easy-going and likable. In fact, just 5% of adults say Mr. Biden has performed better than expected as president, one of the many lowest firsts and fewest in our poll,” he added.

Todd used the poll to state voters “still preferred Democrats control Congress by just one percentage point” but needed to be up by “four or five” to make up for Republican redistricting.

“But as you can see, two of our three most important indexes is sitting in shellacking territory right for the Democrats. This is a dangerous place for the party and the president to be at the one-year mark of this presidency” Todd concluded.

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Chris Cuomo Forced Out Of SiriusXM After CNN Firing – Report



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On Monday, ex-CNN host Chris Cuomo announced that he had resigned from his SiriusXM radio show just days after being fired from CNN over his deep involvement with the handling of sexual assault allegations against his brother ex-Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo.

“The way my time ended at CNN is hard,” he said in a statement. “While I have a thick skin, I also have a family, for whom the past week has been extraordinarily difficult. So, right now, I have to take a step back and focus on what comes next. That means I will no longer be doing my SiriusXM radio show. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from SiriusXM throughout my time there. I also want to express my sincere appreciation for my loyal listeners. I will miss our conversations a great deal – but I look forward to being back in touch with you all in the future.”


“Following Chris Cuomo’s statement that he is leaving his SiriusXM show, Let’s Get After It will no longer air. We thank Chris for his work at SiriusXM,” a SiriusXM spokesperson said in a statement.

According to the New York Post, a source said that Cuomo was “forced out” of Sirius after “a former female colleague at ABC News accused him of sexual misconduct.”

“Cuomo ‘really wanted’ to stay on Sirius but was told he needed to leave,” the New York Post reported, adding, “A source familiar with the matter said of Cuomo, ‘He was asked to resign, which he did.’”

CNN also reportedly learned of a new accusation of sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo, unrelated to his brother, that led CNN to take “immediate action.”
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reported, “On Wednesday, Debra S. Katz, a prominent employment lawyer, informed CNN of a client with an allegation of sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo. Ms. Katz said in a statement on Saturday that the allegation against the anchor, which was made by a former junior colleague at another network, was ‘unrelated to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo matter.’”

When asked about the new allegation, a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement on Saturday night, “Based on the report we received regarding Chris’s conduct with his brother’s defense, we had cause to terminate. When new allegations came to us this week, we took them seriously, and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action.”

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