The Miami Heat had an adorable little girl singing the national anthem before Game 2 and, when the NBA finals moved to San Antonio on Tuesday, the Spurs matched her with a young singer of their own.
Sebastien De La Cruz, an 11-year-old singer called “El Charro de Oro,” stepped up when Darius Rucker’s flight was delayed and knocked it out of the park, just as Julia Dale did in Miami.
But De La Cruz, the son of a Navy veteran who had made it to the semifinals of “America’s Got Talent” in the seventh season, faced a racist backlash on Twitter. It’s an awful thing for a kid to have to deal with, but De La Cruz responded perfectly.
“I knew that one day when I sing that people were going to judge me,” he said in an interview with San Antonio’s Fox affiliate. “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.”
De La Cruz is expected to sing the national anthem again tonight in San Antonio.
Sebastien de la Cruz, your rendition of the national anthem was spectacular! Don’t let a few negative voices get you down. @selcharrodeoro
— Mayor Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) June 13, 2013