AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The day after it became known that Mark Cuban, the owner of Dallas Mavericks, had stopped playing the national anthem before home games this season, Texas Governor Dan Patrick announced the Star Spangled Banner Protection Act.
The bill, officially known as Senate Bill 4, will be one of its legislative priorities at this session, Patrick’s office said in a press release on Wednesday, February 10th.
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Earlier in the day, the NBA announced that the national anthem would be played at all games, and the Cuban agreed to it.
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The draft law aims to ensure that the national anthem is played at all events that are publicly funded.
Patrick published the following statement on the matter:
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“It’s hard to believe that this could happen in Texas, but Mark Cuban’s actions yesterday made it clear that we need to determine that we play the national anthem in Texas before any major event. In this time when so many things separate us, exercise is one thing that brings us together – right, left, black, white and brown. This legislation already has broad support. I am sure that it will happen and that the Stars and Stripes in the Lone Star State will not be threatened again. “