Where's the Class Dallas?

Bobby Ryan Jr.Correspondent IMay 12, 2009

DENVER - MAY 03:  Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, reacts from behind the team bench as they face the Denver Nuggets in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Mavericks 109-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Let me preface the following by stating that I am an enormous fan of Mark Cuban. I absolutely love him. He is a true fan, who just happens to own a sport franchise. He doesn't wear suits to the game. He wears a t-shirt and jeans. He's not all prim and proper. He openly roots for his team.

That being said, his actions after Game Four, towards Kenyon Martin's mother and an unsuspecting cameraman, were just awful.

This all took place after referee, Mark Wunderlich, didn't call an apparent intentional foul at the end of regulation, which led to Denver going up 3-0 in the series. Antoine Wright clearly fouled Carmelo Anthony with Dallas having one foul to give. The referee ate his whistle and 'Melo sank a three ball, putting Denver up one with 1.0 left on the clock.

Clearly Cuban wasn't thrilled and he had every right not to be. However, instead of aiming his anger toward the refs, he chose to go a different route.

In case you have been in a dungeon the last few days, this is what happened after the game. Apparently a Dallas fan yelled toward the court, that the "Denver Nuggets were a bunch of thugs".

At that time, Cuban was exiting to the locker room. He just happened to be walking past Kenyon Martin's mother, when he pointed his finger at her and said "and that includes your son too!"

Yelling at an opposing player during the game or at an official is one thing. However, yelling at a player's mother or any family member in the crowd is just wrong. This lady is doing nothing but rooting for her son. It's not her fault that her son plays for the other team. It's not her fault that the ref blew the game.

Prior to this incident with Martin's mother, Cuban went out of his way to push a cameraman who was just doing his job for TNT. I assume it was TNT since they were the only coverage that night for television.

As Cuban was leaving the court to go verbally assault Martin's mother, instead of just walking past the wide path, he decided to shove the camera guy for what appeared to be no reason.

Stuff like this is unacceptable.

Mark Cuban is more recognizable than the majority of the players in the NBA. Just like the players who are bashed when they handle themselves wrong in the spotlight, Cuban should be bashed the same way.

Did he apologize for the incident? Yes. Three days after the incident took place. The NBA apologized for missing the call two hours later! How does Cuban wait three days for an incident that is way worse?

On to Game Four last night in Dallas, where due to all the media attention on the aforementioned incident, Martin's mother was recognizable to the public.

During the game last night various members of the Denver Nuggets family and friends were verbally assaulted throughout the game and in some cases even had stuff thrown at them by fans.

Not just Martin's mother this time, but Carmelo Anthony's fiancé LaLa Vasquez and Martin's girlfriend Trina, both were targeted. Both had to leave the stands in fear. While they left, others chose to stay, but only when extra security was added.

As a season ticket holder of the Celtics, this is horrendous that fans would do this to people who have nothing to do with the wins or losses. I am ashamed that other adults would think this was okay to do. Think of the children in the section and what examples these people were sending to them.

This wasn't the balcony either. This happened in some of the most expensive seats in the house. Where the supposed "wealthy" and "business" people sit.

I hope the NBA really addresses this situation before we have another incident like the one that took place in Detroit a few years back.

If they don't address it, they can't say they weren't


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