Mark Cuban says NBA players will be safe in season restart

The Dallas Mavericks co-owner also says he now supports players who choose to take a knee during the national anthem, which currently is against NBA rules.
2:39 | 07/01/20

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Transcript for Mark Cuban says NBA players will be safe in season restart
So I think we are all looking for some sense of normalcy right now which is why I and my husband are so excited to hear that the NBA is restarting their season next month is a fanless bubble in Orlando, but some teams are already dealing with players testing positive, and Florida is obviously a hotbed for covid right now. It's even been dubbed the the new epicenter right now. Are you confident it's the safest place for your players? Yes, absolutely. No place is going to be absolutely safe, but we are -- we have taken every precaution, spoken to every epidemiologist, every scientist who we can hire, and they basically created an environment -- I call it the hotel California. You enter, but you don't leave until your team's eliminated, and what that's allowed us to do is to make sure that our players are in the safest possible environment, and honestly, Meghan, I think they're safer there than they would be if they were in Milwaukee or L.A. Mm-hmm. While the NBA is reportedly going to paint black lives matter on the courts, they haven't signaled any willingness to reverse their nearly -- I think -- 40-year-old rule against kneeling during the national anthem. You defended that policy, mark, in 2017, but now you say you support players kneeling and you'll kneel with players if the opportunity arises. What changed for you, and do you think players, even you, could be punished for kneeling? You know, we'll see what the NBA comes down in terms of the actual rules, but we're in a different time. Things are changing. The last five weeks have seen a dramatic shift in how we -- in how people in this country are responding to systemic racism, and because we've seen such dramatic change, I want to be part of the solution, and you've got to let go of the old ways that just were not working, and if that means going against the grain, and maybe upsetting a few people, so be it. If our guys want to kneel, I think that's a great step forward. Look. I'll add this. You know, all this discussion of kneeling and the flag has got to be again about the pledge of allegiance, and the best part about the pledge of allegiance is when you pledge allegiance to the flag, it's for liberty and justice for all. I think players and anybody who addresses the flag and kneels, really is just standing up for that pledge they made for liberty and justice for all because that's truly what we need in this country, and as NBA players or any athletes anywhere who push further in that direction, that's a beautiful thing. You are absolutely right.

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