Bud Selig lives the thug life—at least that's the word from disgruntled Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
The NBA owner spoke with Jay Leno on Thursday's The Tonight Show and discussed a great many things, most of which did little to help his cause to one day own an MLB franchise.
The video posted covers what he has to say about the MLB commissioner and the suspension levied against Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
The Dallas Morning News transcribed Cuban's thoughts on Rodriguez's suspension:
Horrible. I think it's disgraceful what major league baseball is trying to do to him. Not that he doesn't deserve to be suspended. He does. But they have policies in place, first-time offender 50 games, second time a 100. 214 games? That's personal.
It should be noted Rodriguez has been suspended 211 games—a suspension he formally appealed on Wednesday, allowing him an opportunity to play out the rest of the season.
Cuban then went on to recount the time he attempted to bid for the Texas Rangers. As ESPN reminds us, the successful Mavericks owner bid $1.3 billion for the Cubs in 2008 but was not allowed into the final bidding process the following year.
He then attempted to procure the Rangers with a bid of $600 million to no avail—giving him a sense the majors are indeed a "good ol' boys" club, and he doesn't mind sharing that sentiment.
We don't pretend to know exactly why Selig or MLB officials would apparently shun Cuban. It's clear the outspoken Mavericks owner, who is known to chirp at NBA referees, would bring a voice and persona that, while beloved by fans, might make the league uncomfortable.
Of course, that is all conjecture, much the same as Cuban's sentiments that Selig is not a man who likes to be tested.
In an odd turn, Rodriguez has an ally in Cuban. Unfortunately for the Yankees star, that doesn't help his cause, because Selig doesn't seem to be all that fond of the Cubes.
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