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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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Afghan Journalists Release Photos After Being Severely Beaten by Taliban for Covering Women’s Protest

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Two Afghan journalists, photographer Nematullah Naqdi and reporter Taqi Daryabi were severely beaten by the Taliban for reporting on a women’s protest in Kabul. The two were battered after being beaten with batons, electric cables and whips. The beating occurred after being detained for several hours by Taliban fighters a day earlier.

The two men, who work for Afghan’s media outlet Etilaat Roz, released photos of their bruised bodies once back in their Kabul office, after being released from Taliban custody. Naqdi told Agence France-Presse “One of the Taliban put his foot on my head, crushed my face against the concrete. They kicked me in the head…I thought they were going to kill me.”

Daryabi added “we were in so much pain that we couldn’t move.” Naqdi said he was told “you are lucky you weren’t beheaded” when asked why they were being beaten. When covering a protest on Wednesday outside a Kabul police station calling for an end to Taliban violations of women and girls, Naqdi said a Taliban fighter immediately tried to grab his camera when he began taking photos.

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The Taliban were also rounding up anyone filming or taking photos of the demonstration, added Naqdi. The two say they were taken to a nearby police station where the beatings took place, only to be released after several hours.

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The New York Post reports dozens of Afghan reporters have been beaten or accosted in recent weeks since the Taliban has recovered control of Afghanistan. The Taliban, however, claims that they will uphold press freedoms under their new regime. As has been proven time and time again, not much faith, if any, can be placed into anything the Taliban says or promises.

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Rolling Stone Forced to Admit False Story Claiming OK Hospitals Seeing Overdoses of Ivermectin Trying to Self-Treat COVID-19

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The Famous Rolling Stone magazine was forced to issue an “update” after their story about the pet deworming medication ivermectin and Oklahoma hospitals turned out to be false. Plenty of liberals were thrilled to jump on the story before it was found out to be incorrect.

Rolling Stone published a story about how Oklahoma hospitals were overwhelmed by patients overdosing on the drug ivermectin, which is used by veterinarians. Fox News reports “Rolling Stone was forced to issue an update to its viral story about Oklahoma hospitals being overwhelmed by patients who overdosed on the drug ivermectin after the doctor it cited was contradicted by the hospitals he referenced.”

Rolling Stone published testimony from Dr. Jason McElyea who told a local Oklahoma news station, KFOR-TV news, that hospitals were so overrun with ivermectin overdoses that patients were forced to wait for treatment, and even gunshot victims were being neglected.

“The Er’s are so backed up that gunshot victims were having hard times getting to facilities where they can get definitive care and be treated” McElyea was quoted as having said. Rachel Maddow, New York DailyNews, Newsweek, The Guardian and Insider all shared the false stories.

However, the Northeastern Hospital System (NHS) that McElyea reportedly works for issued a statement. NHS said that while McElyea “is affiliated” with a medical staffing group, he has not worked at the location mentioned for 2 months, nor had he treated any ivermectin overdoses.

“Although Dr. Jason McElyea is not an employee of NHS Sequoyah, he is affiliated with a medical staffing group that provides coverage for our emergency room. With that said, Dr. McElyea has not worked at our Sallisaw location in over 2 months. NHS Sequoyah has not treated any patients due to complications related to taking ivermectin. This includes no treating any patients for ivermectin overdose” the statement reads.

The statement also proclaims patients are not in fact being turned away, despite the Rolling Stones’ report. “All patients who have visited our emergency room have received medical attention as appropriate. Our hospital has not had to turn away any patients seeking emergency care…we appreciate the opportunity to clarify this issue.”

Liberals salaciously picked up on the story thinking people were attempting to self-medicate from covid, but overdosing instead. “Ivermectin is most notably used as a cost-effective treatment for malaria and head lice as well as heartworm in domesticated dogs and cats. The FDA warns against the use of ivermectin for treating COVID-19, noting that ‘taking large doses of this drug Is dangerous and can cause serious harm.”

“The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea” says the FDA website.

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