Mark Cuban: ‘I’d rather lose every penny than have Trump as president’

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Mark Cuban stops to speak with members of the media as he arrives for the third presidential debate. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)
Mark Cuban stops to speak with members of the media as he arrives for the third presidential debate. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Billionaire Mark Cuban says he’s not worried about his political activism affecting his pocketbook.

The Dallas Mavericks owner told NBC Sports Radio on Tuesday that he’d be willing to accept his fans turning against him because of his outspoken opposition to Donald Trump.

“When it’s all said and done, I’d rather lose every penny than have Trump as president because I care more about the future of my family, my children than I do about my pocketbook,” Cuban said. “And so if it means we play to empty arenas, I’m down with that.”

He continued: “Maybe I pick up some fans. Maybe I lose some fans. I don’t know. I’ve heard it from both. I’ve had people say, ‘There’s no way I can support you. I won’t go to another Mavs game.’ And I’ve had people say, ‘You know what? We’re buying Mavs tickets.'”

When Trump launched his campaign in the summer of 2015, Cuban frequently hailed the celebrity businessman’s campaign as refreshing. The two exchanged kind words when Trump held a massive rally in the Mavericks’ arena. But Cuban eventually turned against Trump and taunted him on Twitter.

Cuban has also appeared on the campaign trail on behalf of Hillary Clinton. In turn, the Democratic nominee’s campaign invited him to attend presidential debates.

But the “Shark Tank” star told NBC Sports Radio that he would not be so political after Election Day.

“What I’ve heard more often than anything: ‘Are you going to be this way once the election is over?’ And the answer is no,” he said. “I’ve been apolitical my entire adult life. And only because I know Donald, and I know … what he’d be like as a president, have I gotten this involved. But come Nov. 9, it’s all Mavs all the time,” he said.