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:
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:
P/1: In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn't consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
P/2: beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview.— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
Otherwise, Cuban stood by what he said and desired to be a part of resolving the controversial issues he addressed in the interview:
P/3: I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand,— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
P/4: and helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
P/5: we have to learn that it's an issue that we have to control, that it's part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
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.