For Those Who Think Mark Cuban is Prejudiced: He Already Knows
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Don’t bother schooling Mark Cuban about his perceived bigotry. The Dallas Mavericks owner says he’s fully aware that political correctness and judgements based on character content aren’t exactly his strong suits.
He just doubts he’s the only guy who crosses the street when he spots a “Black kid wearing a hoodie” headed in his direction. (Who wants to volunteer to tell Mark that Black kids with a fondness for hoodies make up a large portion of the fanbase and (more importantly) workforce of the NBA.)
To be fair, Mark’s bias also extends to bald White guys with tattoos.
Cuban was a keynote speaker at Inc. magazine’s annual GrowCo conference in Nashville Wednesday, where the discussion eventually migrated to the topics of race and disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling, 80, has been at the center of a national firestorm after he went on a racist rant about African-Americans that was secretly recorded by his former mistress. Audio of the conversation was subsequently leaked to TMZ.
NBA Commissioner Daniel Silver slapped Sterling with a lifetime ban from all association with the league following the scandal. Mark’s among the NBA team owners who will have to vote next month on whether or not to effectively force Sterling to sell his Clippers franchise. Cuban says he knows how he’ll vote, but he admits he isn’t exempt from the kind of “unpure thoughts” that got Sterling ousted.
“I know I’m prejudiced and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways. If I see a Black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I’ll move to the other side of the street. If I see a White guy with a shaved head and tattoos (on the side he now is on), I’ll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts; we all live in glass houses.”
Cuban has owned the Mavericks since 2000. He’s frequently been fined by the league for publicly criticizing officials.