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Ted Cruz Got Into a Twitter Fight With Mark Cuban Over Athletes Kneeling During Anthem— It Didn’t Go Well

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) on Monday got into a heated Twitter dispute with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban after the billionaire responded to a right-wing radio host’s comments on kneeling during the national anthem.

The flare-up started when Cuban responded to a tweet from talk radio host Mark Davis in which he declared he was excited for the NBA to return to action but would be “OUT” the minute a player kneels during the national anthem.

“Bye,” Cuban responded to the tweet before calling out Davi’s hypocrisy in a second tweet.

“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.”

Cuban tweets triggered Ted Cruz, who didn’t appreciate the snarky response that seemed to imply the Mavericks would support their players’ rights to protest police brutality during the national anthem by taking a knee.

“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,” Cruz wrote.

Cuba fired back, “Have some balls for once @tedcruz. It’s my tweet.”

Cruz then brought up the ongoing controversy over the NBA’s relationship with China. The league came under fire last year after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted pro-Hong Kong rhetoric just ahead of the league’s China series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets.

“Speaking of balls, tell us what you think about China,” Cruz wrote. “I’ll wait.”

Cruz also lashed out at Cuban for implying that the senator was somehow trying to keep his tweet a secret by not directly tagging the Mavericks owner.

“Yes, Mark, my communication tweeting out my response to the world was meant somehow to keep it a secret. Because you’re very scary,” Cruz wrote.

Cruz sent a follow-up tweet noting that Cuban had not responded.

“Let’s try simpler. Mark, tough guy, can you say ‘Free Hong Kong?’ Can your players put that on their jerseys? Can you condemn the CCP’s concentration camps w/ 1 million Uyghurs? Can you say ANYTHING other than ‘Chairman Mao is beautiful & wise?’ Cruz asked.

Cuban responded by mocking Cruz for getting involved in domestic policies of other countries. He also provided a link to a 2019 YouTube video as proof he would speak out against China if needed and mocked Cruz for his relationship with President Trump.

Take a look at the exchange below:

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