AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – One day after word got out Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stopped having the national anthem played before home games this season, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the Star Spangled Banner Protection Act.
The Act, officially known as Senate Bill 4, will be among his legislative priorities this session, Patrick’s office said in a news release Wednesday, Feb. 10.READ MORE: Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler Dies At 82
Earlier in the day the NBA stated the national anthem will be played at all games, and Cuban agreed to that.READ MORE: 2 Women Accused Of Using Racial Slurs Arrested After Argument Diverts Flight Out Of DFW
The purpose of the bill is to ensure that the national anthem is played at all events which receive public funding.
Patrick released the following statement on the matter:MORE NEWS: 17-Year-Old Arrested After Man Found Dead At Dallas Park In November
“It is hard to believe this could happen in Texas, but Mark Cuban’s actions of yesterday made it clear that we must specify that in Texas we play the national anthem before all major events. In this time when so many things divide us, sports are one thing that bring us together — right, left, black, white and brown. This legislation already enjoys broad support. I am certain it will pass, and the Star Spangled Banner will not be threatened in the Lone Star State again.”