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Another NBA Owner Under Fire For ‘Racist Remarks’

From Reuters:

Dallas Mavericks owner criticized for his comments on race

By Lisa Maria Garza | May 22, 2014

DALLAS (Reuters) – Mark Cuban, the outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, on Thursday defended comments he made about race and bigotry when asked at a business conference to address the controversy over banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Cuban has come under fire on social media for his statements in a pre-recorded interview shown on Wednesday at the GrowCo convention hosted by Inc magazine.

Remember how some people were mocked for predicting that other NBA owners would now be under the microscope?

"If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face – white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere – I’m walking back to the other side of the street," he said in the interview that was posted on the Internet.

Huh? He’s going to get hit by a car if he isn’t careful.

Critics said his "hoodie" reference recalled the 2012 shooting of unarmed, black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt when he was fatally wounded in a struggle with a man who said he feared for his life.

Cuban offered contrition for the comment but added he stood by his words and the substance of the interview. "In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that," he wrote on Twitter.

Fellow NBA owner Sterling was banned for life from the sport and fined $2.5 million after a recording of him surfaced where he made comments about race that included telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to his team’s games.

We have checked the FEC records. Cuban gave $1,000 to the Democrat Zoe Lofgren in 2002. That’s pretty meager. Still, it might be enough to make him safe from any real harm.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, May 23rd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Another NBA Owner Under Fire For ‘Racist Remarks’”

  1. It is racist to discuss people in terms of color. The MSM is the most racist of all. Until we get to “People” to describe .. I dunno .. People .. this exercise is doomed to failure.

    As planned.

  2. canary

    “And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face – white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere – I’m walking back to the other side…”

    Notice he caught himself here, because I’m guessing his players have shaved heads and tattoos everywhere.

    Personally, if I owned or ran a basketball team. I’d make them all cut their long hair, braids, and rags, because I think it could get in front of their eyes costing the game, or a braid could slap another player in the eye.

    • yadayada

      no one has ever said no to some of these players. can you imagine how some of them would react to grooming standards? about 15 years ago I read an article in Sports Illustrated with a comment by one of the many assistant coaches on the Chi Bulls. he said he couldn’t believe how many of the divas would show up an hour late or miss practice and claim “car trouble, coach.” he said he was glad he couldn’t afford a brand new rolls or bently because they apparently break down a lot.




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