Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban trades Twitter barbs with Sen. Ted Cruz

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Sen. Ted Cruz are battling on Twitter over Cruz's claim that he and other fans are not watching the NBA Finals due to the league's political stance this season.

Cruz, Republican senator of Texas, shared an article on Twitter Tuesday claiming that NBA ratings are at an all-time low.

"Not surprising. Personally speaking, this is the first time in years that I haven’t watched a single game in the NBA Finals. #GoWokeGoBroke," Cruz tweeted.

Cuban quickly responded. 

"A US Senator with 3 @NBA teams in his state, employing thousands of people and he is rooting for their businesses to do poorly.  This is who you are @tedcruz. Every minute of your life, this is exactly who you are," Cuban tweeted.

A US Senator with 3 @NBA teams in his state, employing thousands of people and he is rooting for their businesses to do poorly. This is who you are @tedcruz . Every minute of your life, this is exactly who you are. https://t.co/rnCV3qJTfQ

The first three games of the Finals have been the least watched and lowest rated NBA Finals games ever.

Cruz accused the league of insulting fans with its "left-wing" stance.

"I love @HoustonRockets & have rooted for them my entire life. I happily cheer for the Spurs & Mavericks against any non-TX team. But @mcuban the NBA is engaged in a concerted effort to (1) insult their fans & (2) turn every game into a left-wing political lecture. That’s dumb."

I love @HoustonRockets & have rooted for them my entire life. I happily cheer for the Spurs & Mavericks against any non-TX team.

But @mcuban the NBA is engaged in a concerted effort to (1) insult their fans & (2) turn every game into a left-wing political lecture. That’s dumb. https://t.co/uKSgvPhEcq

Cuban fired back.

"You are so full of (expletive)," Cuban continued on Twitter. "You haven't watched a game of the finals, how would you know what is being said or done? Since when is a desire to end racism an insult to anyone or political? And you don't think using #GetWokeGoBroke is a partisan insult?  Again, this is who you are."

Cruz's latest response to Cuban: "I wish @mcuban loved his fans as much as he loves Chinese money."

Cuban has been vocal about social justice reform, as well as the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic and how it is affecting businesses. When the NBA shut down, Cuban helped support Mavericks and American Airlines Center employees financially. 

"Shame on me for putting American Civil Rights and Justice, creating jobs, growing our economy and healthcare reform over twitter proclamations," Cuban tweeted in his latest response to Cruz. 

Shame on me for putting American Civil Rights and Justice, creating jobs, growing our economy and healthcare reform over twitter proclamations. https://t.co/MPMBPVKKgI

In an interview with USA TODAY in August before the season's restart, Cuban shared his admiration with the league and players' decision to support the Black Lives Matter movement and the players expressing themselves through messaging on jerseys. 

"I think this is an inflection point in time where hopefully we can truly have an impact on race relations, shifts in this country and reduce the racism in this country," said Cuban. "And you know, when you have a chance to do that, you have to do it. It's not just the NBA. There are a lot of businesses that are trying to really be supportive ending racial inequality. As a kid growing up, we said the Pledge of Allegiance: ‘With liberty and justice for all.' It's something I think we all should try to live up to.”

Contributing: Bill Keveney.

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