Sebastien De La Cruz was a last-minute replacement Tuesday night to sing our national anthem during Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
He did an amazing job, but became the victim of racist comments and tweets online. Some people were outraged that a Hispanic singer was singing the national anthem. Other people didn't like the way he was dressed.
So how did 11-year-old Sebastien react? The next morning, he told the local news station: 'When I started mariachi, I knew there was gonna be a lot of politics. And I'm just a proud American, to be honest."
He also said: "People don’t know, they just assume that I’m just Mexican. But I’m not from Mexico, I’m from San Antonio born and raised, a true San Antonio Spurs fan"
Even the mayor of San Antonio tweeted: "Sebastien de la Cruz, your rendition of the national anthem was spectacular! Don't let a few negative voices get you down."
After all of the backlash, the NBA invited Sebastien back to perform last night during game 4.
Check out Sebastien's performance: