Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” star Mark Cuban has never been afraid to tell it how it is, and that includes the nation’s politicians.
On Tuesday, Cuban blasted members on both sides of the aisle with a tweet, criticizing them for dragging their feet on an economic stimulus package. His straightforwardness led the trending hashtag “Mark Cuban for President” the next day.
Apparently, that almost happened for this upcoming election.
Cuban, 61, revealed to RADIO.COM’s “Scal & Pals” on Thursday that he was ready to run for office this time around, except there was one caveat: his family.
“I actually would have done it this time around if my family had not voted it out,” he said. “I just look at the options and I see politicians running for office and I just thought I could do a better job, but my family is still important. My kids are 10, 13 and 16 and that’s too good an age and too important of an age to mess with.”
Cuban did, however, leave the door open for a potential run in the future.
“I got enough time if it’s still important to me next time around I can look at it again,” he said.
Cuban admitted that he was shocked at how overwhelmingly positive the reaction his expletive-laden tweet directed at Senators Chuck Schumer and John Cornyn was, especially considering that nothing is ever positive on Twitter.
But the Mavericks owner pointed to the unique position he is in:
“I have platform. I don’t need more money. I don’t need to worry about making money. Been through enough now with benefit of some experience. If people like what I’m saying, great,” he said. “I think I have the advantage where I can rip anybody and everybody and not give a s--t what they think about me and what they say and I think people are starting to respect that.”
Cuban has also been a leading voice within the NBA and sports community since the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the suspension of several sports leagues and cancellation to other sporting events.
He was among the first owners to publicly acknowledge he will take care of arena employees who are no longer receiving paychecks due to the suspended season.
“To me it was doing the right thing,” he said. “[The NBA] is filled with people with big hearts who would have done it anyway. It was right thing to do. … millions people have lost job and don’t know when their next paycheck is going to be … trying to do what we can and help as many people as we can.”