Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Senator Ted Cruz argue about national anthem, China
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said, if any Dallas players kneel during the national anthem, he hopes to join them.
That led to an argument with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over Twitter:
Still no answer from @mcuban— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 20, 2020
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”? https://t.co/0XpLRaFSw2
I agree Black Lives Matter.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 20, 2020
I agree there is a pandemic & we have taken extraordinary steps to defeat it.
Where did that pandemic originate?
Why did Communist China COVER UP the Wuhan outbreak & arrest whistle-blowers?
And why are you terrified to say ONE WORD about China? https://t.co/Tfj2tZnmCP
Cruz is right: China’s authoritarianism should be denounced. Cuban and Cruz are right: Black Lives Matter.
Yet, instead of supporting each other’s commitment to freedom, Cuban and Cruz are mostly talking past each other and grandstanding.
Cruz’s national-anthem claim is particularly off-putting. Kneeling during the national anthem is a patriotic gesture that has brought attention to racism, particularly through police brutality. It is not about disrespecting veterans.
The NBA has become a punching bag for senators critical of China. Some of that is fair after how the league handled Daryl Morey tweeting support for Hong Kong protesters. But the United States – not just the NBA or Cuban – is deeply entangled with China economically. If senators care about that, they have power to do more effective things than shaming American private businesses and citizens.