Pop singing "sensation" Kat DeLuna bombed before a national audience on Monday Night football this week. Her horrendous rendition of the national anthem made Americans laugh and cringe simultaneously. See for Yourself
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Singer Caroline Marcil forgot the words twice at a 2005 Canada-U.S. hockey game. With fans booing, she left the ice to get the lyrics, only to fall on her butt. See for Yourself
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Toni Smith would conduct her own silent protest before each Manhattanville basketball game in 2003. Smith would turn her back on the American flag during the playing of the national anthem in protest of the impending war in Iraq.
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Mo Cheeks came to the aid of young Natalie Gilbert who panicked while singing the national anthem before a 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals playoff game. Cheeks, who was the Portland Trail Blazers head coach at the time, actions inspired an arena-wide sing-a-long. See for Yourself
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Macy Gray kicked off her version at the 2001 Pro Football Hall of Fame game by singing, "Oh say, can you see, by the twilight's gleaming."
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At the 2001 Indianapolis 500, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler famously switched the words to say " ... and the home of the Indianapolis 500."
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Before Janet Jackson, there was Lucy Lawless. The 'Xena' star busted out of her bustier while singing the high note at a hockey game in 1997.
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Michael Bolton didn't endear himself to fans at Fenway Park before Game 4 of American League Championship Series. The American singer-songwriter forgot the words to the national anthem resulting in a hail of boos. See for Yourself
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Denver Nuggets guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Abdul-Rauf refused to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" before games, stating that the flag was a "symbol of oppression" and that the United States had a long "history of tyranny".
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This video was taken prior to a charity celebrity flag-football game put on by Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony. There's a lot of random chatter going on, but the bit that's going to get people talking starts right at the 1:42 mark when Josh Howard gives his publicist a heart attack looks into the camera and says:
The Star-Spangled Banner's going on right now and I don't even celebrate that s--t. I'm black, goddamnit.
Wait ... what? It's not worth trying to parse any meaning from his comments because it's obvious he threw them out there without thinking. Lately, that's been a recurring trend.
I don't think Howard is a bad guy and I doubt he hates America (it feels silly to even say that, but I know some viewers will jump to that conclusion), but it's getting harder and harder to explain away his PR gaffes. First the marijuana thing in the playoffs, then the birthday party, then the drag racing ... For the first four years of his career Howard was a relatively anonymous role player. Have the last five months simply been a ploy to increase his name recognition? Because it's working. (Update: Mark Cuban responds)
If you thought Mark Cuban saves his wrath for NBA officials, you're wrong. The fiery owner posted some of the racist e-mails he got regarding the Josh Howard incident on his blog, being sure to add in the sender's e-mail address. See some more of Cuban's colorful tenure in sports.
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Cuban, who became a billionaire by selling his company to Yahoo! in 1999, purchased the Dallas Mavericks in 2000 for $285 million from H. Ross Perot Jr. The Mavericks were a floundering NBA franchise, having a small following and struggling on the court.
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Cuban became a very hands-on owner, spending his time on the court rather than up in the owner's box, and not afraid to celebrate or scream at officials or players.
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Cuban has had his share of spats with NBA commissioner David Stern, as the league has fined the owner more than $1.6 million for various comments and actions.
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After saying "I wouldn't hire him to manage a Dairy Queen" about the NBA's head of officiating in 2002, the company challenged Cuban to work in one of its stores for a day. Cuban accepted, and served frozen treats at a Texas location.
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Even Cuban's ex-players aren't spared wrath, as after the former Maverick returned to Dallas in the 2005-06 season, the owner encouraged fans to shower him with boos.
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Even one of his own players thought Cuban should take a lesser role one the sideline. Saying it was a "bit much" for him to be next to the bench, Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki said "he's got to learn how to control himself as well as the players do."
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Cuban's biggest fine came after the 2006 NBA Finals, as he was fined a quarter-million dollars for various transgressions during Game 5 as the Mavericks fell behind in a series they led 2-0 and eventually lost to Miami.
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In 2007, Cuban competed with Kym Johnson on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," and lasted five episodes before he was voted off the program.
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Cuban's latest sports venture could include one of baseball's storied franchises, as he's in the running to buy the Chicago Cubs from Tribune Company.