The death of music legend Prince on Thursday sent shock waves through the music world, but also the sports world. Athletes across various sports took to social media to remember the “Purple Rain” artist. One of the most vocal mourners has been Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban reacted quickly on twitter as the news spread:
Im in shock #Prince
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 21, 2016
Cuban told the Star-Telegram: “Life goes on, but it hit me hard. He’s someone you grow up with. That was my entire life. Prince, Prince, Prince, Prince. Prince jamming all the time just growing up with him, so that was tough. Really tough.”
According to For The Win, Cuban told reporters that he rented a Rolls Royce to go to a Prince concert in the ’80s. Cuban was so impacted by Prince’s death that merely talking about it was not enough. With his Mavericks set to take on the Thunder in game three of their series, he made a quick decision about how to pay respect to the deceased music royalty.
“I told them you’ve got to play Prince pre-game. That’s all I want to hear,” Cuban said. And it was so. According to FTW, “Little Red Corvette,” “I Would Die 4 U,” “When Doves Cry,” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” were played before the game.