USA TODAY Sports’ Mark Medina breaks down how NBA players are dealing with the stoppage in play due to COVID-19. USA TODAY
Mark Cuban was on the front lines of the NBA suspending its regular season, and the Dallas Mavericks’ owner has maintained that presence throughout the sports-wide shutdown, advocating for stadium employee pay and the need for social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, he directed the ire he normally reserves for referees toward a pair of U.S. Senators, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and John Cornyn, R-Texas, and the coronavirus stimulus package stalemate in the U.S. Senate. A version of the bill did not pass the chamber Sunday, and the two sides remain close to a deal Tuesday.
“BOTH OF YOU NEED TO DO YOUR (EXPLETIVE) JOB!” Cuban began one tweet. “@SenSchumer, stop kissing progressive (expletive). We can’t solve every problem in this deal @JohnCornyn, stop kissing big corporate (expletive). They don’t need buybacks or (executive) bonuses. They have no choice but to take any deal they can get.”
In his next tweet, Cuban pleaded for quick action.
“The economy is crashing and people are getting sick and dying because you 2 hard (expletive) think your agendas are bigger than the health and future of the American people,” he wrote. “They are not. There is no perfect deal. TIME IS OUR ENEMY. Get this done today!”
Cuban’s frustration was clear when he spoke to USA TODAY Sports recently.
“When you make decisions using imperfect information, you make imperfect decisions. No matter what we decide, it will have problems,” he said.
In addition to sharing his desire to begin the NBA season once it is deemed safe by health officials, Cuban has been active on social media. He’s used Twitter to suggest possible economic solutions, offer advice, and highlight various charitable efforts and the work being done by doctors, nurses and first responders.