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Mini Mariachi Sebastien de la Cruz ignores haters after National Anthem performance

SAN ANTONIO — A local boy who has won national attention through his appearances on a television singing competition has become the focal point of a social media storm.

Sebastien de la Cruz answered the call to sing the National Anthem before Game 3 of the NBA Finals after Darius Rucker canceled at the last minute. The 11-year-old had no idea how much people would be buzzing about the performance.

“When I started mariachi, I knew there was gonna be a lot of politics,” he said Wednesday. “And I’m just a proud American, to be honest.”

Those “politics” didn’t stop the talented singer from standing up at the AT&T Center in front of a national television audience to do what he loves — inspiring others.

After touching the hearts of the nation and bringing San Antonians to tears with his song, a flurry of racist tweets targeted the boy’s heritage.

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