The Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks observed a moment of silence for those affected by a plethora of tragedies before Monday’s preseason opener at American Airlines Center.
Before the national anthem was sung A cappella by Prophets and Outlaws, the Mavericks’ public address announcer asked for a moment of silence for those affected by the mass shooting Sunday night in Las Vegas, as well as the storm-ravaged areas of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
The Mavericks and Bucks players all remained standing on the court during the anthem.
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Many players in the NFL have been taking a knee during the anthem to condemn racial injustice in the country. President Donald Trump ramped up the civil protest movement after he attacked NFL players for taking a knee.