Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/13/13
After 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. Please do not pay attention to the negative people. I am an American living the American Dream. This is part of the American life.— Sebastien De La Cruz (@selcharrodeoro) June 12, 2013 Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who rarely opens 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. Photo via Twitter/@PeterMcEvoy2 Tweet of the night Agreed. Walk-offs are good.— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson49) June 14, 2013 Video of the night If you haven’t seen this Stephen Jackson interview yet, watch it. You won’t be sorry.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dallas Cowboys' team employee bus involved in fatal crash

Aldon Smith posts video under a psuedonym of a blunt on Periscope

WATCH: Cam Newton get blocked by a girl playing volleyball

Russia avoids complete ban from Rio Olympics by the IOC

Report: Padres trying to move Andrew Cashner, Derek Norris

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Baseball's top prospect called up to majors by Astros

Report: Braves 'aggressively' shopping Francoeur, Aybar

Report: Hue Jackson designing plays for Terrelle Pryor

Report: Darnell Dockett expected to announce retirement

Report: Yankees have not discussed releasing A-Rod

Report: D-Backs making Shelby Miller available via trade

Cristiano Ronaldo spars with Conor McGregor in gym

Adam Silver is the new standard-bearer for league commisioners

Iowa football player held at gunpoint by police while playing Pokemon Go

Eight most significant injuries going into NFL training camp

Man. U players banned from playing 'Pokemon Go?'

Ken Griffey Jr. put on backwards hat during HOF speech

Mike Piazza honors 9/11 victims during Hall of Fame speech

Jeremy Lin hints he is racially profiled by arena employees

Why did Rio mayor offer to put kangaroo in Olympic village?

Joe Maddon wastes no time cracking Chris Sale joke

Report: Lamar Odom walked out on family intervention

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker