11-year-old mariachi singer shrugs off racist comments, will sing national anthem at Game 4

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by Mayra Moreno / KENS 5

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Posted on June 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 13 at 7:20 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio 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.

Support for the former "America's Got Talent" star blew up on Wednesday, and he will return to sing the National Anthem before Game 4 tonight.

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