Mavericks owner Mark Cuban angers Texas lawmakers with decision on national anthem

FORT WORTH, Texas — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s decision to not play the national anthem drew sharp backlash Wednesday from Texas lawmakers, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who is pushing to require that “The Star-Spangled Banner” be played at all publicly funded events. “Your decision to cancel our National Anthem at games is a slap in the face to every American & an embarrassment to Texas,” Patrick wrote on Twitter. “Sell the franchise & some Texas Patriots will buy it. We ARE the land of free & the home of the brave.” The Mavs haven’t played the anthem at the start of any of their 1…

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