There is a reason some people refer to Mark Cuban as the “outspoken” owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and he proved it once again yesterday at a press conference.
In an attempt to make a point about society’s challenges dealing with racism, Cuban acknowledged having his own “prejudices and bigotries” during an interview with Inc. magazine that has gone viral.
The interview includes Cuban expressing how he feels about bigotry and racism, and how he combats it as a manager and owner.
“In this day and age, this country has really come a long way putting any type of bigotry behind us, regardless of who it’s toward. We’ve come a long way, and with that progress comes a price. We’re a lot more vigilant and we’re a lot less tolerant of different views, and it’s not necessarily easy for everybody to adapt or evolve.
“I know I’m prejudiced and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways. I mean, we’re all prejudiced in one way or another. 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,” he continued. “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. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of. So in my businesses, I try not to be hypocritical. I know that I’m not perfect. I know that I live in a glass house, and it’s not appropriate for me to throw stones.”
This all comes off the back of the NBA’s decision to ban L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Cuban has condemned Sterling as a “obviously racist.” However, he initially opposed calls to ban Sterling from the NBA, saying it would be a “very slippery slope” if the league forced an owner to sell the team.
The comments have sent the Twitterverse ablaze. While some are shocked–come on, it’s Mark Cuban, is anyone really that shocked?–others are actually saluting him for his honesty.
But don’t think this will all blow over soon. There is still the matter of a certain voting that needs to take place in less than two weeks. When asked about how he plans to vote on Sterling’s removal, which he will have to do June 3, Cuban said he knows how he will vote but isn’t ready to comment on it.
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