Mark Cuban: Entrepreneur, owner of an NBA franchise, racist? In light of Donald Sterling’s lingering racist allegations turned fact, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks acknowledged Wednesday that he, like everyone else, has “prejudices and bigotries.” Cuban spoke to Inc. Magazine about his experience combating racism while denouncing Sterling’s awful words.
The controversy of Cuban’s words is being heavily criticized while the Mavs owner is being met with equal parts praise and savagery on his Twitter feed. His choice of words has caused writers and journalists alike to assert that Cuban himself is a racist, accusations which the Dallas Mavericks owner vehemently denies.
In the interview, Cuban states, “I know that I’m not perfect.” Touché, Mark, no one is. He goes on to share what just about everyone in the world is afraid to admit, that we’re all prejudice and bigoted in our own way. He’s not far off target; you’re lying to yourself if you can’t admit the same thing. This statement isn’t where the controversy lies, though, that happened when Cuban went on to give an example of his prejudice.
“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.”
Here are a few examples of Twitter users coming to the defense of Mark Cuban:
Cuban's choice of words is shocking to say the least, but they're a powerful example of prejudice in America. While the accusation of racism poured onto Cuban, he urged people to watch the interview in its entirety to get the full context. Cuban has always been outspoken and does not seem to have even been afraid to speak his mind; his controversial statement has been met with both praise and scrutiny. Cuban certainly has a bone to pick with Bleacher Report columnist Jim Cavan and ESPN’s Bomani Jones.
Do I believe that Cuban is a racist? No. Not even remotely. Then again, I’m a middle class white male that lives in America; therefore I have no idea what it’s like to be discriminated against.