The Dallas Mavericks won’t be playing the national anthem at their games anymore as reported by Tim Cato at The Athletic magazine on January 9. The decision was made by owner Mark Cuban. The change was quietly made without any fanfare or announcements by Cuban or the team. The team had not played the anthem in any of its 13 regular and preseason games at its home field, American Airlines Center in Dallas.

On Twitter, Shams Charania, a “Senior lead NBA Insider/Writer/Analyst for The Athletic and Stadium,” offered this as the reason behind Mr. Cuban’s decision: