11-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz responds to racist comments with encore NBA Finals performance

SAN ANTONIO - After singing the National Anthem before Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night, some people on Twitter unleashed racist rants toward 11-year-old Sebastien de La Cruz, bashing the San Antonio native for his Mexican-American heritage and his Mariachi outfit . ( http://wfts.tv/195TE5F )

But the child didn't let the comments shake his confidence, and the Spurs appreciated his performance so much, he was invited back for a victorious encore at Game 4.

"I knew that one day when i sing that people were going to judge me," he told Fox San Antonio.

"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."

For Game 4, he returned to the stage with a special introduction from the mayor and his wife.

Even President Obama got in on the action and tweeted a message promoting the young performer: "Don't miss @selcharrodeoro's encore performance of the national anthem at the #NBAfinals in San Antonio."

Once again, he wore his mariachi gear proudly Thursday night, and gave a pitch-perfect performance.

The Heat ended up winning the game last night, but some say it's Sebastien who stole the show.

He received some serious praise from boisterous fans and even got handshakes from both coaches after he was done. To see Sebastien's game 4 performance, watch the video below, or click here: http://youtu.be/f2c4yxgnjx8

Print this article Back to Top