NBA says all teams will play the national anthem after report Cuban planned to ditch it for Mavericks home games

After a report that Mark Cuban wanted to ditch the playing of the national anthem for home games in the NBA seasons, the NBA has responded.

NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass said “with NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy.”

The team did not play the national anthem before this season and Cuban told the NY Times “It was my decision, and I made it in November,” declining to comment further.

Prior to the NBA’s announcement, Fox News reported “Cuban and the Mavericks didn’t publicize the removal of the national anthem prior to games, but The Athletic reached out to the team after realizing that it wasn’t played before Monday’s matchup. A number of team employees only noticed the removal of the anthem on their own, according to The Athletic. They also said that it was not announced or explained internally.”