Mark Cuban is far from the most foolish billionaire walking around America these days, and he’s far from the most annoying. Even so, he has his moments. One of them came this week, when we learned that the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks (the team he owns) are not playing the national anthem before their home games at Cuban’s explicit instructions.

According to The Athletic, which broke the story on Monday, Cuban’s decision to bar the song “is the first instance we know of a pro sports team striking the U.S. anthem from the pre-game.”

Cuban reportedly confirmed his decision to the reporter.

“None of 13 preseason and regular-season games played at the American Airlines Center this season have featured the anthem before the game, including Monday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the first played this season with a limited amount of fans in attendance,” The Athletic reported. “The Mavericks did not publicize the anthem’s removal, and The Athletic was the first media organization to reach out about the change after noticing its absence on Monday. Multiple team employees described only noticing the anthem’s removal on their own, as it was also not announced or explained internally.”

While that doesn’t give us a whole lot of insight into the reasoning behind Cuban’s move, it’s not particularly difficult to make an educated guess. The anthem has become controversial in recent years thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement generally and the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick specifically. It could be that Cuban is just trying to circumvent a big “kneeling” movement among the Mavericks, but it could just as well be that he believes there’s something problematic about playing the anthem.

“The Mark Cuban national anthem story is not a sports story its part of a much larger campaign against conservative values,” tweeted Charles Payne. “The avalanche of negative attacks on Guns, Religion, National Anthem, US flag are designed to demonize the brand and conservatives better fight back soon.”

Megyn Kelly said that fans should take matters into their own hands: “Fans who still choose to attend should put their hands on their hearts and just start singing it. Now that would be a moment.”

Others, however, defended the move.

The Undisputed’s Shannon Sharpe said, “I’m fine with the decision. We have to stop with this notion that gestures and symbols are a sign of patriotism. Actions and deeds make you a patriot. Sporting events will be just fine.”

He’s right, of course, but then…what’s the harm in playing it? Why are we rushing to “cancel” the national anthem, of all things? Is it so bad to take two minutes before the game and appreciate the country?

In today’s climate, it sure seems so.