Mark Cuban has never been one to shy away from his strong opinions, even if it means engaging in a Twitter beef with a U.S. Senator.
The Dallas Mavericks owner exchanged some tweets with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday over the subject of standing for the national anthem, which eventually devolved into talk about China.
It began on Sunday night, when Cuban criticized Dallas radio talk show host Mark Davis, who said he would not watch the Mavericks if one player decides to kneel during the national anthem.
Cuban tweeted, “bye” and followed that up with another tweet, which read: “The National Anthem Police in this country are out of control. If you want to complain, complain to your boss and ask why they don’t play the National Anthem every day before you start work.”
This elicited a response from Cruz, who quote-tweeted Cuban, “Really??!? NBA is telling everyone who stands for the flag, who honors our cops and our veterans, to “piss off”? In Texas, no less? Good luck with that?”
Cuban responded and took issue that Cruz did not address him directly, telling the U.S. Senator to, um, grow a pair.
Cruz replied about standing for the Pledge of Allegiance every morning “because our boss told us to,” and when Cuban didn’t respond to that, he then shifted the conversation to China – which has been a controversial subject in the NBA after Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted, then deleted, his support of protestors in Hong Kong.
Cruz continued to press Cuban on issues relating to China, where the NBA has a significant presence and business interests, and Cuban then attacked Cruz over Black Lives Matter and the GOP’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
He also added a video in which he was critical of China and asks Cruz why he can’t stand up to President Donald Trump?
Cruz appears to have said the last word, tweeting that he does support Black Lives Matter and agrees there is a pandemic, but again, shifted the attention to China – this time pointing to its role in the coronavirus and continued to question why Cuban is not harsh on China.
This is not the first time Cuban has publicly called out politicians. Earlier this year, he called out politicians on both sides of the aisle over their inability to reach an agreement on an economic stimulus package.
He also revealed that he toyed with the idea of running for office in 2020, but ultimately passed on the opportunity. Although, he did not rule out a future run while appearing on RADIO.COM’s Scal & Pals.
Perhaps Cuban could be running against Cruz in 2024.