Mark Cuban Says He’d ‘Hopefully’ Join Mavericks Players If They Kneel for National Anthem

Justin Benjamin
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is not opposed to his players taking a knee during the national anthem.

In fact, in an interview with ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Thursday, he said he would be open to joining them.

“If they were taking a knee and they were being respectful, I’d be proud of them,” Cuban said. “Hopefully I’d join them.”

The country has been flooded with protests in recent weeks following the death of George Floyd on May 25. Floyd was an African-American man who was the subject of unchecked police brutality.

In the aftermath of the horrific killing, numerous NBA players have spoken out against racism, police brutality and numerous other social issues.

Furthermore, a group of NBA players, headlined by Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, are considering sitting out the rest of 2019-20 season due to racial tensions.

Other players believe they can make an impact and raise concerns while in Orlando, Fla. Cuban is on that train, as he supports players kneeling during the national anthem.

The Mavericks hold the No.7 seed in the Western Conference. Mavs rising star Luka Doncic is averaging 28.7 points, 9.3 boards and 8.7 assists per game this season.

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Justin has been writing about the NBA for several years. In addition to his stellar news coverage of the league, he has conducted multiple interviews with players and people around the league.