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Mexican-American Boy, 11, Sings Again After Racist Comments

Fri, June 14, 2013 5:17pm EDT by 9 Comments
Sebastian de la Cruz National Anthem
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When Sebastien de la Cruz belted out the national anthem during game 3 of the NBA finals in a mariachi costume, it sparked a firestorm of racist commentary on Twitter. But the brave boy returned for an encore performance days later!

Sebastien de la Cruz, 11, unfortunately sparked a slew of racist comments on social media after he sang the National Anthem in a mariachi costume during game three of the NBA finals in his hometown of San Antonio, Tex. Instead of addressing the inappropriate haters, the Spurs invited Sebastien back — and he proudly sang again in his favorite Mexican-American garb.

Sebastien de la Cruz Sings National Anthem Again

The amazingly talented young singer delivered a flawless performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on June 11, and was invited back two days later for game four for an encore performance. Despite racist comments about the little boy and his choice of outfit on Twitter — some even calling him an “illegal” — he returned in yet another mariachi costume.

He told CNN about the honor of being invited back: “To be invited back to sing the national anthem is just amazing because now I know the San Antonio Spurs like how I sing. It makes me feel like I’m doing something legendary.”

Sebastien’s performances were praised by the Spurs and the majority of the San Antonio community, and the NBA team’s coach Gregg Popovich called the young singer a “class act.” He also said the people who made those hateful comments were “idiots,” and that Sebastien is “way more mature than most his age.”

Sebastien de la Cruz Bombarded By Racist Commentary

After his first performance during game three, Twitter was flooded with bigoted messages from people who thought the little boy wearing a mariachi costume was inappropriate for the United States’ national anthem.

Domenic DeGregorio tweeted, “9 out of 10 chance that kid singing the national anthem is illegal.”

Steven David wrote, “Is this the American National Anthem or the Mexican Hat Dance? Get this lil kid out of here.”

We are so glad Sebastien didn’t let the haters get to him, and came back for another performance! What do YOU think of Sebastien singing the national anthem again, HollyMoms?

WATCH: Sebastien de la Cruz sings National Anthem At Game 4 Of NBA Finals

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