According to WH, the ban on the Mavericks national anthem acknowledges the failure of the US
WASHINGTON – The Biden administration appeared to support the Dallas Mavericks’ decision on Tuesday to destroy the national anthem at games. She told reporters that national pride includes knowing that Americans “did not live up to our highest ideals”.
At a White House press conference, Spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked what President Biden thought of Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban’s decision to stop playing the Star-Spangled Banner after an athlete-led kneeling protest against systemic racism.
“Well, I haven’t spoken to the president about the decision of Mark Cuban or the Dallas Mavericks,” said Psaki, “but I know he’s incredibly proud to be American and has great respect for the anthem and all, what that represents. ” , especially for our men and women serving in uniform around the world. “
Biden’s top spokeswoman appeared to support the decision, saying athletes who wanted to kneel down during the anthem were calling out the nation’s mistakes.
“He would also say that this part of pride in our country naturally means recognizing moments when we as a country have not fulfilled our highest ideals, which is often and sometimes the case when people talk to them as they do at sporting events took action, she continued.
“And it means respecting the rights of the people and giving them the constitution to protest peacefully. So he ran for president first and foremost, and that’s what he focused on every day, ”she said.
Cuban has been a vocal supporter for those who wish to kneel during the national anthem – a practice former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick began in 2016 that sparked partisan political debate.
The White House’s stance in Biden on this issue is essentially the opposite of the Trump administration, which urged players to “stand up for our country and our flag”.
Last September, former President Donald Trump warned professional soccer and baseball players not to follow the NBA leadership when it comes to boycotting games and kneeling for the national anthem after a summer of historic race riots.
Many NBA players began kneeling on one knee during the game of the national anthem on the death of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department in May, the movement also spreading to the NHL and NFL.
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