Before the San Antonio Spurs dominated the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, 11-year-old Mexican-American Sebastien De La Cruz sang the national anthem at the AT&T Center. Unfortunately, the ignorance came piling out on social media as soon as De La Cruz was finished with people spouting off racist and insensitive comments about why he would be singing the anthem.
For Game 4, people had their shot at redemption when the young boy got another crack at the anthem which he performed well, but the ignorance continued.
Here are some of the comments that Twitter users have been saying:
WARNING: There is some offensive and vulgar language below. Tweets feature racist, insensitive or offensive remarks.
Why is a little Mexican boy dressed in a black sparkling jumpsuit singing the national anthem? #NBAfinals
— Marcus (@WhiteHart_Line) June 14, 2013
Why is there a Mexican singing our national anthem during the NBA Finals?????
— Tyler Thomas (@Tomas_Da_Train) June 14, 2013
— Shakeel Ali (@shakeelali9) June 14, 2013
Wow this kid can sing, but why is he dressed like such a little Mexican? #NBAFINALS
— Noah Nightingale (@Noah_Way) June 14, 2013
Does this kid think he is a damn matador?!? there is no damn bull coming… BTW your singing the US national anthem, not Mexico’s…
— Garret Buie™ (@GarretBuie) June 14, 2013
But why is some little Mexican kid singing our national anthem… That’d be like an America sneaking into Mexico.. Just doesn’t happen!
— Zack Day (@zack_day) June 14, 2013
Why the hell is a Mexican kid singing the national anthem! Get that beanie baby out of here. This is America not Mexico! I’m so pissed
— Luke Smith (@L_tweetdaddy) June 14, 2013
— brianFINOCCHI (@bfinocchi) June 14, 2013
With a name like that, he should be singing the Mexico national anthem… #NBAFinals
— Avery H. (@Biff_Mac) June 14, 2013
I’m sure their mothers are proud.
Do you have a problem with De La Cruz singing the national anthem or is it great to see a young man get this honor and show his proud heritage on a national stage? Share your thoughts in the comments section.