Mexican-American Boy Who Sang National Anthem At NBA Finals Taunted By Racist Tweets

An 11-year-old boy who sang the national anthem before game three of the NBA Finals on Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas found himself on the receiving end of several racist taunts disseminated over Twitter. 

After Sebastien De La Cruz performed his rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner prior to the game between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat, some Twitter users mocked him for his heritage. De La Cruz is a Mexican-American and was donning a mariachi outfit at the game.

“This lil Mexican snuck in the country like 4 hours ago now he singing the anthem,” read one.

“Can’t believe they had the nerve to have a beaner sing the national anthem of AMERICA #smh,” read another.

De La Cruz, a San Antonio native, seemed to brush off the insults in an interview with CNN that aired Thursday.

“I think that the people who were talking bad was because of what I was wearing. And it’s not my fault. It’s what I love,” he said.

Watch his performance:

 

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