Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made history this week by becoming the first American professional sports team to stop playing the national anthem before its home games. When Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the change, her words said it all.
She noted, “Part of the pride in our country means recognizing moments where we as a country haven’t lived up to our highest ideals, which is often at times what people are speaking to when they take action at sporting events. It means respecting the right of people granted to them in the Constitution to peacefully protest.”
Excuse me?! What in the…?! So an NBA team ending the national anthem is about peaceful protesting? I don’t think so. People are certainly welcome to peacefully assemble, but that has nothing to do with respecting the nation’s tradition of standing to honor the flag and playing the national anthem.
We don’t need to argue about our Constitutional rights when we talk about the national anthem. We need to stand—and continue to remember our nation as the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Check out Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s full (and rambling) response when asked for President Biden’s response to the nixing of our nation’s national anthem by Cuban. Her response says it all!