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In November, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did the unthinkable. Though the National Anthem is a staple at sporting events, he banned it from games — another assault on patriots everywhere. This went unnoticed through 13 games of the current season because fans were not allowed to attend games. But once they were allowed to return to the stadium, they realized what Cuban had done.

“It was my decision, and I made it in November,” Cuban told The Athletic after he was caught. He didn’t elaborate, but he was called out by fans and patriots everywhere. “What’s the reason for it?’ Dallas County Republican Party communications director William Busby asked after learning that the National Anthem had been banned. “Is it political correctness? Is it to keep players from kneeling. What is the reason for it? There seems to be no answer for it. I think if Mark Cuban would give some answers, that would probably make people feel a lot better because then at least they would know.” 

Now, Cuban says he didn’t do the thing he admitted to doing. “We’re always talking to our community. That’s something [Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall] stands for and is very insistent upon and has become a core part of who we are at the Dallas Mavericks,” Cuban told ESPN.

“In listening to the community, there were quite a few people who voiced their concerns, really their fears that the national anthem did not fully represent them, that their voices were not being heard,” he added. “So we’ve had a lot of conversations about whether or not we should play the anthem.”

Cuban now says he chose  “to not play it and just see what the response was, knowing that we were going to have ongoing conversations about it.” He adds:

“We didn’t make any decision to never play the national anthem then — that wasn’t the case at all. We didn’t cancel the national anthem. We still had our flag flying proud up on the wall at the American Airlines Center and everybody had the opportunity to address it and pray to it or salute to it or whatever their feelings are.”

Cuban says that  “there was never any final decision that was made that we would not play the anthem.” But Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle says he’s lying. “It’s an animated discussion, which is certainly not surprising,” Carlisle said. “This was Mark’s decision. He was steadfast about it.”

Bur Carlisle adds that the public backlash has forced Cuban to do the right thing: “I also know moving forward we will be playing the anthem at all home games, along with every other team in the league. It’s been quite a day.”

The Mavericks, for the first time this season, played the Anthem on Wednesday night before their home game against the Hawks.