WH on Mavericks Dropping National Anthem: Biden Recognizes the Right to Peacefully Protest

By Melanie Arter | February 10, 2021 | 3:54pm EST
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban looks on after a game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 3, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Mavericks defeated the Pacers 112-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban looks on after a game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 3, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – President Joe Biden has “great respect” for the National Anthem and for what it represents, especially for the men and women in the U.S. military, but he also respects the right of people to peacefully protest, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday.

As CNSNews.com reported, billionaire Mark Cuban, who owns the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks has ordered that the National Anthem not be played before the team takes the court.


When asked what Biden thinks of the decision, Psaki said she hadn’t spoken with the president about Cuban’s decision, but she said, “I know he’s incredibly proud to be an American and has great respect to the anthem and all that it represents, especially for our men and women serving in uniform all around the world.

“He’d also say that of course that part of pride in our country means recognizing moments where we as a country haven’t lived up our highest ideals, which is often at times what people are speaking to when they take action at sporting events, and that means respecting the right of people granted to them in the Constitution to peacefully protest. That’s why he ran for president in the first place, and that’s what he’s focused on doing every day,” she said.

Meanwhile, NBA Communications Officer Mike Bass issued a statement Wednesday, saying, “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."

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