Sebastien De la Cruz sings the U.S. National Anthem before Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Sebastien De La Cruz returns for NBA national anthem encore

Sebastien De La Cruz may have faced a slew of Twitter bullies lately, but he had nothing but support at an encore performance Thursday night.

The eleven year old mariachi singer earned a roaring ovation after singing the national anthem at Game 4 of the NBA Finals- donning his mariachi outfit once again. His first rendition of the national anthem at Game 3 of the NBA Finals set off a barrage of racially charged tweets on Tuesday. Some on the social media site made disparaging and negative comments about the Latino boy, incorrectly accusing him of being an undocumented immigrant and saying he should not be singing the National Anthem.

The young singer was congratulated by San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra at midcourt after his performance. According to the Associated Press, Popovich bemoaned “idiots” who posted bigoted comments. He called De La Cruz “a class act.”

His second act followed an outpouring of support after the critical tweets first surfaced.

Celebrities and politicians alike rallied behind De La Cruz. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro introduced the boy Thursday night at the game. Eva Longoria tweeted her support for the young star nicknamed El Charro De Oro:

But while De La Cruz’s bullies may have sparked an online firestorm, the young San Antonio native isn’t letting it faze him. He told the local station WOAI that he wasn’t bothered at all by the comments.

“I knew that one day when I sing, people were going to judge me,” said Sebastien. “And that’s why, over the time that I have grown, you don’t really care about what people say about you. It’s about what you think about yourself.”

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