Sebastien De La Cruz Returns to Sing National Anthem Before Spurs-Heat Game 4 Despite Racist Remarks (Video)

sebastien de la cruzAfter singing the National Anthem prior to Game 3 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio, Sebastien De La Cruz was greeted with more criticism than any 11-year-old should ever have to experience.

But the hateful and racist remarks did not faze De La Cruz, who returned to perform the anthem again for Game 4 on Thursday and was given a standing ovation by the San Antonio crowd.

“With the racist remarks, it was just people how they were raised,” De La Cruz, who was discovered on America’s Got Talent, told KENS 5 in San Antonio. “My father and my mama told me you should never judge people how they look.”

De La Cruz also responded via his personal Twitter account, in a message that has been retweeted nearly 2,500 times.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who rarely opens up to the media, had some much harsher words for the young boy’s critics.

“Well, I would like to say that I would be shocked or surprised by the comments. But given the fact that there’s still a significant element of bigotry and racism in our nation, I’m not surprised,” Popovich said during his pregame press conference Thursday afternoon. “It still plagues us, obviously. And what I was surprised by was how proud these idiots were of their ignorance, by printing their names next to their comments.

“[De La Cruz is] a class act. Way more mature than most his age. And as much as those comments by the idiots saddens you about your country, he makes you feel that the future could be very bright.”

Check out his rousing rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner in the video below.

Photo of the night

This high school baseball game was played just miles from the wildfires that are ravaging Colorado’s Black Forest.

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Photo via Twitter/@PeterMcEvoy2

Tweet of the night

Agreed.

Video of the night

If you haven’t seen this Stephen Jackson interview yet, watch it. You won’t be sorry.

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