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Young San Antonio Spurs’ National Anthem Singer Responds to Social Media Racists

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Brett Rosner


By Brett Rosner on June 13, 2013


UPDATE: Sebastian sang again before Game 4. Watch it here.

There’s nothing more patriotic than having a young kid nail an amazing rendition of the National Anthem before a big-time game. American-born Sebastien de la Cruz did just that before Tuesday’s NBA Finals game in San Antonio between the Spurs and Miami Heat. But because the 11-year-old boy looked “Mexican,” messages of hate soon flooded social media.

The cyber-bullying, however, had no effect, and de la Cruz has an awesome message to his haterz. But first, take a look at de la Cruz’s fantastic performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner”:

The announcer even introduced de la Cruz as a San Antonio native. That still didn’t stop the misguided ugliness from spreading online.

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De la Cruz was interviewed the next day on the local news, and he responded perfectly to the awful criticism.

“I knew that one day when I sing that people were going to judge me. That’s why over the time I’ve grown, I’ve learned that you don’t really care what people say about you, it’s what you think about yourself.”

You see this, America? He’s brushing his shoulders off.

brush-shoulders

It’s now off his shoulders. You freakin’ racists.

UPDATE: Sebastian sang again before Game 4. Watch it here.

SEE ALSO:
• Boston Hero Jeff Bauman Honored at Bruins’ Playoff Game
• Bruins’ National Anthem in Boston Is Must-See, Feel Good Stuff
• Comedian Rob Delaney Sings National Anthem at Dodgers Game

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