The Dallas Mavericks have stopped playing the national anthem before home games and do not plan to play it moving forward, Mark Cuban confirmed to The Athletic.
The Mavericks did not publicize the anthem’s removal and The Athletic was the first media outlet to reach out about the change.
Cuban declined a request for further comment or explanation Monday evening.
An NBA spokesperson told The Athletic on Tuesday that “under the unique circumstances of this season, teams are permitted to run their pregame operations as they see fit.”
The Mavericks are believed to be the first professional North American sports team to cease playing the anthem before games with fans in recent years.