San Antonio's internationally-renowned 11-year-old mariachi singer isn't letting racial tweets get him down.
Sebastien De La Cruz received a rousing ovation after singing the National Anthem before game 3 of the NBA finals Tuesday night at the AT&T Center.
Then came the tweets calling him an "illegal" who didn't deserve to sing the Star Spangled Banner. He was attacked with racial slurs.
"I respect freedom of speech. I think in the United States people should be able to have their opinions," De La Cruz told 550 KTSA News.
De La Cruz says his father served in the U.S. Navy and he's proud to sing the National Anthem, especially at an event like the NBA Finals.
"It was amazing. I just felt the energy at the AT&T Center," said "El Charro de Oro," the Charro with the golden voice.
De La Cruz, whose tremendous talent, stage presence and manners stole the hearts of the judges on the TV show, America's Got Talent, performed the National Anthem twice at Spurs games prior to the NBA Finals.
"I'm just an American boy from San Antonio, Texas, born and raised here. I'm just here to live the American dream and this is part of it," De La Cruz told 550 KTSA.
I won't be surprised if the Salinas Elementary student is called back for an encore presentation of the National Anthem before another NBA Finals game this week.