National Anthem singer Sebastien De La Cruz answers his critics

National Anthem singer Sebastien De La Cruz answers his social media critics

Posted: Updated:
Sebastian De La Cruz Sebastian De La Cruz
(WJBK) -

Sebastian De La Cruz, an 11-year-old mariachi singer, had the honor of singing the National Anthem before Game 3 of the NBA Finals this week.

And while his rendition received plenty of praise on social media sites like Twitter, there were plenty of comments that concerned his race.

Twitter user @Gordon_Bombay24 (whose account no longer exists) tweeted, "THIS KID IS MEXICAN WHY IS HE SINGING THAT NATIONAL ANTHEM?"

Another user, @UncleD37 (whose account also no longer exists), tweeted, "9 OUT OF 10 CHANCE THAT KID SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IS ILLEGAL."

Click here to see more of the ignorant Tweets.

Well, they couldn't have been more wrong.

"My father was actually in the Navy for a pretty long time and I actually salute him today for that and I want to thank him," De La Cruz told a San Antonio television station Wednesday. "People just assume I'm Mexican. But I'm not from Mexico. I'm from San Antonio, born and raised, true San Antonio Spurs fan."

De La Cruz, a former contestant on America's Got Talent, says he hopes to one day sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl and the World Series.

  • MorningsMorningsMore>>

  • Chef Kelli's Grilled Corn Party!

    Chef Kelli's Grilled Corn Party!

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:59:21 GMT
    Chef Kelli's Grilled Corn Party! 
    Chef Kelli's Grilled Corn Party! 
  • Out & About: Flyboarding

    Out & About: Flyboarding

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:21:46 GMT

    It's a new extreme water sport called flyboarding where a jet ski propels a board into the air.  Derek Kevra says it was amazing.

    It's a new extreme water sport called flyboarding where a jet ski propels a board into the air.  Derek Kevra says it was amazing.

  • City of Detroit posts improvement updates online

    City of Detroit posts improvement updates online

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:18 AM EDT2014-07-31 11:18:29 GMT
    Residents will be able to view the number of new streetlights installed in their Detroit neighborhood, how many lots were mown and the number of vacant houses demolished by going to the city's website.
    Residents will be able to view the number of new streetlights installed in their Detroit neighborhood, how many lots were mown and the number of vacant houses demolished by going to the city's website.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices