U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban squared off in a heated debate on Twitter Tuesday, as the ratings for Game 3 of the NBA Finals came in and looked downright bad. In fact, the ratings were the worst for any NBA Finals game ever, according to Sports Media Watch. Game 3 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat registered at 5.94 million viewers, a drop from the 6.07 million who tuned into Game 2. Game 1 between LA and Miami was the highest-rated game of the series so far, pulling in 7.41 million viewers.
While there could be a number of reasons for the astounding drop, Cruz didn’t miss the chance to politicize it. “Not surprising. Personally speaking, this is the first time in years that I haven’t watched a single game in the NBA Finals,” he said, using the hashtag “#GoWokeGoBroke.”
The tweet quickly caught the attention of Mavericks owner Cuban, who is always on the hunt for offense shots like this and instantly takes it nuclear. “A US Senator with 3 @NBA teams in his state, employing thousands of people and he is rooting for their businesses to do poorly,” he wrote. “This is who you are @tedcruz . Every minute of your life, this is exactly who you are.”
Cruz, a lifelong Houston Rockets fan, wasted little time in his response as he claimed 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.”
The Twitter spat continued from there, as the two went international. “You are so full of s–t. 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 then replied, “I wish @mcuban loved his fans as much as he loves Chinese money.” Ouch.
Game 4 of the NBA Finals is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET tonight at Miami. The next Twitter battle between Cuban and Cruz could tip off anytime. Stay tuned!