Mark Cuban defended the NBA against criticism that the league has not done enough in condemning human rights abuses in China. The NBA's business practices in China have come under scrutiny over the past year following a Tweet from Daryl Morey in support of Hong Kong.
"I personally put a priority on domestic issues. I'm against human rights violations around the world," Cuban said in an interview with Megyn Kelly.
"Including the ones in China?" Kelly asked.
Kelly and Cuban then engaged in some crosstalk before he stated
"Because they are a customer," Cuban ultimately 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 believes the NBA's disappointing ratings for the restart had nothing to do with politics and were instead issues with marketing. The Finals featured LeBron James in his second season with the NBA's most popular team the Los Angeles Lakers.
"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," Cuban said.