Speaking about the legendary Phil Jackson before Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers tore apart his Mavs, Cuban had a few choice words for describing the Zen Master (via Kurt Helin of NBC Sports' ProBasketballTalk):
“I have great respect for Phil, Jeanie’s husband as he’ll be now be known. Someone’s got to be the first housewife of the Lakers,” Cuban said.
In case you need the joke explained, Jackson is now engaged to long-time girlfriend Jeanie Buss, who is one of the lead owners of the Lakers after the passing of her father Jerry earlier this year.
Kris Humphries' time machine must've worked, because I feel like we've traveled back to the 19th century.
What's that? This is still 2013? Where women have the right to vote, own property and do whatever the hell else men can do?
Oh, okay then.
I get that Cuban was attempting to take a comical dig at Jackson, but that doesn't mean it wasn't classless. It doesn't matter in what context you use it, referring to anyone as a woman with the intent to insult them is imbecilic. Coming from Cuban, who has stated he would give Brittney Griner a chance at the NBA level, it's also hypocritical.
So what if Jackson was, indeed, playing the part of a "housewife?" Why is that a bad thing?
Jackson is 67 and has coped with various health problems over the years. Remaining at home, in retirement, isn't exactly something to take proverbial jabs at.
That said, there wouldn't have been any kind of problem if he did.
Call Phil old. Call him fragile. Send a lifetime supply of Depends to his house. Don't, however, attempt to emasculate him with an outdated form of insolence that should have never been used as a means to oppress an entire gender in the first place.
Before you update my non-existent Wikipedia page with the words "overdramatic idiot," just understand that my intent is not to crucify Cuban. I'm sure he's a nice guy, but that doesn't mean I have to condone what he said. Or what he does in general.
He's notorious for putting on a show for the cameras and media. Just ask Skip Bayless.
Sometimes, it's funny. Other times, it's confusing. This time, it was offensive. And at what point do his seemingly attention-starved antics become too much?
David Stern and the NBA have fined him before for not representing the league properly. Can they also fine him for embodying, if only for a moment, unintelligible ignorance?
One can only dream.
Again, I firmly believe no gender-specific malice was intended on Cuban's behalf. It was just a spectacle for the public.
So by all means, please continue to parade around for the cameras and national sound bites, signore Cuban. Then maybe take a look at the date.
Hopefully you'll realize your perception of the world is about 100 years (or more) dated, and your comments an emblem of stupidity.