Mark Cuban Clarifies Remarks About Prejudice from Interview with Inc.

Jan 11, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban watches his team take on the New Orleans Pelicans at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Pelicans 110-107. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIMay 22, 2014

Updates from Tuesday, May 27

Mark Cuban briefly appear on TNT's Inside the NBA before Tuesday night's Game 4 between the Spurs and Thunder to talk about his comments:

Original Text

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took to Twitter on Thursday to clarify the remarks on bigotry and prejudice he made in a recent interview with Inc.

Cuban, who recently said that it's a "slippery slope" for the NBA to banish Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for the infamous racist remarks Sterling made in private, has never been shy about speaking publicly about sensitive subjects.

Below is the second portion of Cuban's interview:

Referring to his own personal prejudices in the interview, Cuban stated that he'd cross the street if he saw a "black kid in a hoodie" approaching him. Even though he followed that example by saying he'd do the same for "a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos," the hoodie remark has drawn the ire of some due to its connection to Trayvon Martin. 

In recognition of that connection, Cuban made sure to extend his apologies to Martin's family:

Otherwise, Cuban stood by what he said and desired to be a part of resolving the controversial issues he addressed in the interview:

The NBA owners are scheduled to meet on June 3 to decide Sterling's ownership fate. There is no indication that Cuban's comments on bigotry and prejudice will influence whether he votes for or against. Nonetheless, insight into his thought process will be eagerly anticipated if—as he implied by saying "You'll find out" during the interview—he chooses to reveal his vote after the fact.


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