Mark Cuban, It's Time to Realize That You're Like Everybody Else
Mark Cuban—the mans net worth is $2.3 billion.
You think he would be a little bit smarter, seeing as how he is successful entrepreneur who owns the Dallas Mavericks, is co-owner of 2929 entertainment companies, and is chairmen of HDNet.
He has been fined at least $1,665,300 by the NBA since he bought the Mavericks in 2000. Looks like Eric Bischoff, the former RAW general manager and executive producer of WCWs book, Controversy Creates Cash, can be thanked for this.
Cuban sure is an interesting fellow. Most team owners watch the games from the skybox, but not in Cuban's case. He joins the fans with his custom made jersey donning the No. 42.
Cuban has also made a great impact on this Dallas Mavericks franchise. During the 20 years before Cuban purchased the Mavs, they had a wining record of 40 percent.
Their best record during that 20 year stretch was 55-27, which happened during the '86-'87 season. Their worst record was during the '92-'93 season when they went 11-71. They have the No. 2 spot for worst record in history, with the '72-'73 Philidelphia 76ers holding first place at 9-73.
Since Cuban purchased the Mavs at the turn of the millennium, the Mavericks winning percentage is 69 percent. This includes three 60-plus win seasons, and one NBA finals appearance.
This man is arguably great.
He went from a garbage bag seller (so he could buy expensive basketball shoes), to a disco dance instructor, bartender, and created his own company (MicroSolutions), to become a thriving entrepreneur.
What drives people crazy is that he thinks he is higher then everybody else watching and paying tribute to the sport, especially the Dallas Mavericks. He needs to know that he is just like everybody else—a fan.
After Michael Finley, one of the big three along side Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash, left the Mavericks during the 2005 offseason, Cuban, using his high status, organized a "booing" campaign toward Finley when he returned to play the Mavericks as a member of the San Antonio Spurs.
In another altercation involving the San Antonio Spurs, Cuban called Bruce Bowen a word that cannot be repeated here or anywhere else. He even had the audacity to run up to an NBA official and publicly criticize him.
Once again, Cuban, using his high status, ran to the court to confront an official because he felt that Antoine Wright had an elbow thrown at him by J.R Smith. The league fined him a measly $25,000.
Cuban issued a challenge to match the fine saying he would donate money to a Charity of Smith's choosing. If Smith did not reply, he wold donate the money to NHL Players Association's Goal and Dream fund on behalf of Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore (if you remember what happend between those two, it was ugly).
Although this was staged, Cuban was involved in an altercation with then GM of Monday Night Raw, Eric Bischoff, during the WWE's PPV Survivor series. Bischoff called Cuban out and stated that he owned the arena and could remove Cuban if he felt like it, be security or himself.
Cuban took offense to this, and pushed Bischoff. The Viper, Legend Killer, and the current WWE champion, Randy Orton, came out and delivered a devastating RKO, leaving Cuban dead on the ground.
This shows Cuban can be a classy guy, but his ego gets the best of him.
Just recently, he was so upset that he told Kenyon Martin's mother that the Nuggets were thugs, and that Martin was a punk.
Cuban apologized on his blog by saying, "At this point I would like to apologize to you and your mom, KMart, for my comment. I should have not said anything and I was wrong. Hopefully you will accept the apology and we can move on. If that isn’t acceptable, I’m happy to provide a suite, free of charge to them as well, and place whatever security is needed to make them feel comfortable."
Kenyon did not respond, but merely said that he thought his apology was sincere. "It wasn't the right decision on his behalf," Martin said of the written apology.
Cuban, basically said, "Ok, I'm scared of you Kenyon. I'm sorry, it should have never happened. Please don't seek me out and confront me. To make it up to you, your family will get a free suite, my gift."
I believe the apology was not enough and further action should be taken by the NBA. Cuban runs his mouth and hides behind his blog.
To add insult to injury, the Dallas fans apparently harassed and said racial slurs to Carmelo's girlfriend, LaLa Vasquez.
Vasquez responded by stating her side of the story.
"Obviously the playoff games bring out the best and the worst in fans, but what happened on Monday night with the racial slurs/threats, verbal attacks on my son, and physical attacks to myself by irate fans was unacceptable. The Fans were totally out of control. What the television cameras captured was me defending myself and didn't show the abuse that was taking place."
On Wednesday morning Anthony said, "Is it bothersome? Anything having to do with your family, yeah, that's going to bother you a little bit. But as long as my family's all right, Kenyon's family is okay, everbody's family on the Denver Nuggets is okay, we're fine."
"I think Vasquez did the right thing by releasing a statement and telling her side of the story, because all they saw on the video is what she did. But that's neither here nor there. That's over with. We got a series to close out tonight."
Peggy, a season ticket holder to the Mavericks' games, was the victim.
"Don't you ever (censored) touch me again!" Vaquez responded, according to Peggy, who added that Vazquez also flicked soda on them at that point. She also went on to say that Dallas fans are getting a bad rep for this.
Now it does not matter if this really happened or not, it's the fact that people would actually do this. Mavericks fans apparently harassed Martin's family and Anthony's, as well as the Nuggets' fans for sure. Likewise for the Mavericks fans that come to Denver.
During game one of the Hornets/Nuggets series, a fan threw a beer bottle onto the court, possibly injuring a player. During the Hawks/Heat series, Wade bashed his head on the ground. The fans booed him!
The audacity of the fans these days. I seriously don't understand why they do it. This man was hurt, and you boo him? Like what the hell, seriously.
Not even Cuban would do that. If Cuban wants to sit in the stands with the Mavericks fans, he should not be allowed to walk onto the court, as he is a fan. He has no special authority during games.
He's the owner, but during games, he's a fan.
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