Mark Cuban fumes when Megyn Kelly holds his feet to the fire on China’s human rights abuses

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Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban was livid with Megyn Kelly for grilling him over the NBA doing business with China despite the country’s many human rights abuses.

The billionaire was interviewed on Kelly’s podcast Monday and refused to condemn the actions of communist China because “they are a customer of ours,” while talking out of both sides of his mouth to condemn human rights abuses “everywhere.”

Kelly set the conversation up by recalling Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeting in support of Hong Kong in 2019.

“All hell broke loose,” she said. “The Chinese Basketball Association suspended all cooperation with the team. The Chinese state TV suspended airing of the games and so on. The NBA commissioner had to come out with his tail between his legs and said, ‘We have great respect for China, and it’s history, it’s all regrettable.’”

Cuban took great offense to the criticism, while feigning surprise that people took offense to the NBA’s response to the controversy.

“With his tail between his legs?” he angrily interrupted. “With his tail between his legs? Why can’t you just ask me a straight-up question? Every single topic we’ve tried to discuss — look, you get to come into this interview prepared with your quotes.”

“This is your industry!” Kelly shot back.

“I don’t care what industry we’re talking about,” Cuban countered. “Every single topic that you have brought up, there’s been one pejorative aspect to it in terms of how you present the question.”

Kelly exposed the billionaire’s rank hypocrisy when she asked if the NBA needs to get more vocal about China’s ethnic cleansing of a minority Muslim group known as the Uighurs.

“One million or more are being held against their will right now,” she noted. “Men, women, and children, facing torture, forced labor, physical and sexual abuse, coercive population control, forced abortions, forced sterilizations. And the question remains, why won’t you and the NBA explicitly condemn that?”

After hesitating, Cuban replied, “I personally put a priority on domestic issues. When it comes to human rights, I’m against all human rights violations around the world.”

When Kelly asked if that included China, he responded by saying they are “not the only country with human rights violations.”

Pressing on the matter, Kelly got Cuban to eventually include China in saying human rights violations anywhere are wrong.

His answer was for the U.S. to take in more refugees, but Kelly cut the owner off to say he was “dodging” the issue.

“Let’s get specific, do you condemn the genocide going on right now inside China,” she said.

Refusing to name China, he again offered a broad condemnation of human rights violations everywhere.

“The way proclamations work in this country — the minute you say them anywhere, you’re going to use this as a headline. Cuban says this, this and this,” Cuban said in response to being pressed.

“What’s wrong with this headline? ‘Cuban condemns ethnic cleansing in China,’” Kelly asked.

“I’ve got to deal with the troll bots then,” Cuban fired back. “I’ve got to deal with the troll bots.”

He goes on to talk about trying to increase the number of asylum seekers in the U.S., but Kelly would not let him off the hook.

“Why would the NBA take $500 million-plus from a country that is engaging in ethnic cleansing?” she asked.

“So basically, you’re saying nobody should do business with China ever,” was the best Cuban could offer.

When Kelly pressed, he essentially confirmed that business was more important than human rights abuses, to include genocide.

“Why won’t you just answer my question?” Kelly replied.

“Because they are a customer,” he said. “They are a customer of ours, and guess what, Megyn? I’m OK with doing business with China. And so we have to pick our battles. I wish we could solve all the world’s problems. But we can’t.”

Cuban was also asked about the dismal ratings for the NBA Finals that just ended.

He comically claimed the league just didn’t promote them well enough, suggesting the NBA’s embrace of the oft-violent “Black Lives Matter” movement played no role in the worst ratings ever.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with politics. I just think we don’t have the match-up and the storylines, and we didn’t do a good job promoting it,” he said.

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