Mark Cuban told his players he’s got their backs if they want to protest during the national anthem.
“This country was built on civil disobedience,” the Dallas Mavericks owner told CNNMoney.
Cuban commended San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started protesting during the national anthem in August to raise awareness about racial issues affecting the country.
“[O]f all the ways you could protest, you could throw a bomb, you could shoot a gun, you could throw a punch, you could start a protest, you could try to start a riot, you could shoot somebody, he took a knee,” Cuban said.
“And now he’s started a huge conversation about what it means to be American, what it means to be proud to be an American, what it means to salute the flag, because he took a knee.”
Unlike other major pro sports leagues in the U.S., the NBA has a rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem.