10:28 AM PT -- As expected, Mark Cuban responded to Ted Cruz -- and he's fired up!
"I can say Black Lives Matter. I can say there is systemic racism in this country," Cuban tweeted at Cruz ... "I can say there is a Pandemic that you have done little to end."
"I can say I care about this country first and last and if you think I wont criticize China and what they do as it concerns American Citizens watch this:
"But I have never gotten involved in the domestic policies of ANY foreign country. We have too much to do here."
Finally, this shot ... "And why is it @tedcruz that you take such pride in standing up to and speaking truth to the Chinese, but you have no ability to stand up to and speak the truth to @realdonaldtrump?"
Well, this is nuts ...
Mark Cubanand Sen. Ted Cruz are calling each other out about everything from the NBA's handling of anthem protests to China ... but the focus seems to be on who's got the bigger balls.
It all started when a radio talk show host from Texas tweeted at the Dallas Mavericks owner that if any of his players kneel during the national anthem when the season resumes next week, he won't support the team anymore.
Cuban responded -- "Bye" ... adding, "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."
That's when Ted Cruz chimed in ... saying, "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 didn't tag Cuban in his tweet -- and Cuban called him out for it ... saying, "Have some balls for once @tedcruz. Speak to me. It's my tweet."
"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'?"
Nothing back from Cuban yet -- but guess you could say the ball's in his court????