Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has ceased playing the national anthem before future games.
Though many think it's a sign of disrespect, he actually has a very good reason for the move.
Here's what we know...
Ever since NFL player Colin Kaepernick took the knee during the national anthem before games, the stance against racism in sport is more prominent than ever...
And even though it cost Kaepernick his NFL career, thanks to him, more and more people are being made aware of the racial injustice in our country.
The Black Lives Matter movement outlined this problem even more...
Which increased the pressure on numerous major sport organizations here in the U.S, including the NFL and NBA.
Well, it seems that change is slowly happening...
As the Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, recently made the decision to cease the national anthem before all future games in support of BLM and Colin Kaepernick's movement.
Here's the full story...
Now, Colin Kaepernick is a former quarterback-turned-activist...
He kneels for what he believes in.
In 2016, during the 49ers third preseason game, Kaepernick began kneeling during the U.S national anthem prior to games, rather than standing as is customary.
He knelt during the national anthem in protest of police shootings of African-American men and other social injustices faced by black people in the US.
Speaking in an interview in 2016, Kaepernick said: "To me, this is something that has to change, and when there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."
His kneeling was a sign of respect.
Kaepernick later said that he "couldn't show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." He opted for kneeling over sitting, however, as a sign of respect for the men and women who fight for the United States.
Kaepernick's actions inspired others...
And his teammate, Eric Reid, soon began to kneel beside him alongside other teammates such as Antoine Bethea, Eli Harold, Jaquiski Tartt, and Rashard Robinson.
The NFL's response wasn't positive, however.
Yet players still continued to kneel.
After Kaepernick's attorney stated that "athletes who protest peacefully should not be punished", public backlash mounted until team owners declared that all team personnel on the field must "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem."
This announcement caused even more outrage...
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell https://t.co/1Vn7orTo1R— NFL (@NFL)1527092658.0
If any team members were caught kneeling during the anthem, the team would be fined and the decision would be upon the team leader whether or not they punish that particular player.
This did not sit well with the players, nor did it with the rest of America.
Kaepernick was then used as the face for Nike's "Just Do It" campaign.
Kaepernick is now endorsed by Nike.
The "sacrifice" is clearly in reference to his kneeling protests that resulted in him not being able to participate in the sport anymore.
The fact that Nike used his image and beliefs to promote its brand is a huge step forward for the rights of Black Americans and the racial injustices that still go on to this very day.
Kaepernick received a flurry of support from thousands of people all over the world...
And after Donald Trump said that athletes who kneeled during the national anthem were disrespecting the U.S. and its patriotic symbols, the hashtags #TakeAKnee and #TaketheKnee began trending.
Even though there are still so many sporting organizations who still refuse to get on board with the #TakeAKnee trend...
Change is slowly happening and the NBA are the latest to follow suit.
Many members of the NBA have been seen taking the knee before their matches...
But last year, Orlando Magic player Johnathan Isaac caused outrage when he refused to take the knee alongside his teammates.
The NBA star explained his decision by saying that kneeling or wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt "don't go hand in hand in supporting Black Lives Matter."
Speaking to Sky News, he said: "I do believe that Black lives matter, I just felt like it was a decision I had to make, and I didn't feel like putting that shirt on and kneeling went hand in hand with supporting Black lives. I don't think that kneeling or putting on a T-shirt for me, personally, is the answer."
Well, it seems that the owner of the Dallas Mavericks has a completely different opinion on the matter...
Because he's just announced that he has instructed his team to stop playing the national anthem before all of its home games in the current season.
Mark Cuban revealed on Tuesday that he has made the bold decision to put a stop to the national anthem being played before all home games.
This is a move that comes a few months after multiple players breached the NBA's rulebook to kneel during the anthem in support of BLM and to protest against systemic racism.
The billionaire owner said the decision to stop playing the anthem was taken by him and it had been made in November...
But he declined to comment further, the New York Times reported.
According to ESPN, the decision was made after Cuban consulted with NBA commissioner Adam Silver...
But the change had so far been implemented quietly as the anthem has not been played before any of their home games this season.
Cuban was allowed to enact the move as the NBA has permitted teams to "run their pregame operations as they see fit" because of "the unique circumstances this season."
The Mavericks do not plan on going back to playing the anthem before games in the future.
For more on the BLM movement, read on...