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Mavericks owner Cuban under fire for comments touching on race
Yahoo News ^ | 5-22-14 | Lisa Maria Garza

Posted on 05/22/2014 12:14:19 PM PDT by windcliff

DALLAS (Reuters) - Outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fended off social media criticism on Thursday for his "bigoted" response when asked at a business conference to address the controversy over banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Overcoming bigotry requires acknowledging internal prejudices, Cuban said in a video-recorded interview shown on Wednesday at the GrowCo convention hosted by Inc magazine.

"If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it's late at night, I'm walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face - white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere - I’m walking back to the other side of the street," he said in the interview that was posted on the Internet.

Critics said his "hoodie" reference recalled the 2012 shooting of unarmed, black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt when he was fatally wounded in a struggle with a man who said he feared for his life.Cuban defended his views on Twitter, saying that his quotes were not meant to advocate racism.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: racism

1 posted on 05/22/2014 12:14:19 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: windcliff

He didn’t say anything that Jesse Jackson hasn’t said.


2 posted on 05/22/2014 12:15:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: windcliff

I’m not a racist, but there is one Cuban that I hate.


3 posted on 05/22/2014 12:17:15 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: windcliff

Jesse Jackson has said the same thing so why no outrage when he says it..and Mark Cuban is right..if I see a black guy with a hoodie walking on my street I’m suspicious..every single robbery here in LA always involves some dude wearing a hoodie..would feel the same way if I saw a white guy full of tattoos walking around too


4 posted on 05/22/2014 12:19:44 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: windcliff

throw him to the sharks —


5 posted on 05/22/2014 12:20:03 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: windcliff

Cuban’s about to lose his franchise.....


6 posted on 05/22/2014 12:22:02 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: windcliff

Another team for Ervin to purchase!


7 posted on 05/22/2014 12:22:29 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: windcliff

Wow!
How dare he!
That privileged honky-whitey-cracker!
Only blacks are allowed free speech in today’s Amerika.

Send him to a re-education camp, racial sensitivity training, anger management and for good measure, lock him up in a FEMA camp until he’s ready...


8 posted on 05/22/2014 12:23:21 PM PDT by Fear The People (When the government fears the people, you have LIBERTY.)
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To: dfwgator

First thing I thought of was what Jesse Jackson said. Cuban was articulate, to the point, and correct.


9 posted on 05/22/2014 12:23:27 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Wouldn’t that be cannibalism? I mean he plays a shark on TV.


10 posted on 05/22/2014 12:23:40 PM PDT by Fair Paul
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To: windcliff
when asked at a business conference to address the controversy over banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Whatever happened to the good old-fashioned reply - "No Comment"

for a rich guy like Cuban (and most others too) there is no benefit in giving one's opinions on race-relations extemporaneously to the media.

11 posted on 05/22/2014 12:23:41 PM PDT by PGR88
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12 posted on 05/22/2014 12:24:19 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: windcliff

If the choice is between getting mugged and being called a racist, I’ll take the name calling.


13 posted on 05/22/2014 12:25:00 PM PDT by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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To: windcliff
HOW DARE HIM!!!!

Take away his team.
Take away his millions.
Make an example of him.

14 posted on 05/22/2014 12:26:55 PM PDT by oldbrowser (This looks like a make it or break it point for America.)
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To: windcliff

Cuban needs to talk less about this. It’s a lose-lose proposition for those who do not or cannot learn to think critically. Stop fanning the flames. Magic Johnson may be writing somebody else a check to make trouble for you Cuban, so that he, the Saintly Magic (NOT!) can gobble up your sports portfolio at a cut rate price. Eventually, V-girl will stumble during one of her ‘I’m Not A Hooker” interviews, and if somebody write her an even bigger check, she will then ‘accidently’ implicate Magic, is what I expect.


15 posted on 05/22/2014 12:29:20 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: windcliff

” fatally wounded in a struggle with a man who said he feared for his life”
Translation: shot in self defense by a much smaller man who he was straddling and pounding his head against the sidewalk.


16 posted on 05/22/2014 12:30:32 PM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: dfwgator
He didn’t say anything that Jesse Jackson hasn’t said.

That's correct. In '93, Jackson was quoted in the NY Times:

"There is nothing more painful to me at this stage of my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”

17 posted on 05/22/2014 12:31:48 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: windcliff

While I don’t condemn his response or his sentiment, whatever that really is, his response is indicative of the fact that you don’t have to have a whole lot of smarts to be too rich. Ha ha!

If I had that much money and someone asked me to comment on Sterling, I’d look the weasel reporter/reporterette in the face and say “Bite me.”


18 posted on 05/22/2014 12:35:27 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: windcliff
Thou must not take the name of Saint Trayvon in vain.
19 posted on 05/22/2014 12:36:46 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: windcliff
"If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it's late at night, I'm walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face - white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere - I’m walking back to the other side of the street,"

And any person who wants to live will do the same thing.

20 posted on 05/22/2014 12:37:09 PM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: lee martell

Leave it to Cuban to speak like this. His mouth has already cost him millions in NBA fines, so what another $10,000 fine to him?

But more than that. This remark is nothing but helpful to Donald Sterling. Cuban and the rest of the NBA owners are not even about to vote to take away his franchise. Hell, they see life the same way Sterling does.

That being the case - these rich wite dudes do need to walk a fine line when it comes to their uppity players.


21 posted on 05/22/2014 12:39:20 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: windcliff

I often disagree with Mark Cuban. Not this time, and especially not in the current climate of thought police.


22 posted on 05/22/2014 12:39:41 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: windcliff

Dan Rather is deeply saddened.


23 posted on 05/22/2014 12:40:03 PM PDT by keat
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To: windcliff

first yahoo
next there will be an audio recording on TMZ
then another recording put out by reuters or ap
then Kevin Johnson will ban him for life


24 posted on 05/22/2014 12:44:08 PM PDT by Selene
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To: windcliff

Situational awareness, not racism.


25 posted on 05/22/2014 12:59:23 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: windcliff
"If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it's late at night, I'm walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face - white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere - I’m walking back to the other side of the street,"

LOL! Nice town Cuban lives in... Best to walk on the white stripe in the middle of the road, and take your chances...

26 posted on 05/22/2014 1:02:18 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Fear The People

FOR SURE! Great comment!


27 posted on 05/22/2014 1:08:13 PM PDT by buffyt (The only person who is safe in a gun free area is THE MANIAC WITH A GUN!)
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To: windcliff

I don’t see that what he said is off base in the least. And I sure don’t always agree with him.

So he referenced a black kid in a hoodie. When will things stop being “All Trayvon...All the time”?

As sad as it is...appearances to make a difference in how people are perceived. I don’t know if that is actually racism. It stems from the adopted appearance and attire of certain groups of people, imho.

Heck, if I went out and stood on a street corner in a hoochie-mama dress, I’ll hazard to guess that the assumption would be that I was a hooker. Or it would have been 40 years ago. ;)


28 posted on 05/22/2014 1:12:05 PM PDT by berdie
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To: berdie

How many of you agree, that if you see a black young man, in a hoodie, with gang swagger demeanor about him, you are scared?

Why is this considered racist?

How did we get to be so politically correct, that we are now in thought police territory?


29 posted on 05/22/2014 1:20:35 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: ealgeone

http://tellmenow.com/2014/05/nba-owner-threw-racist-party-with-only-blacks-allowed/

It’s not really a secret that in Obama’s “post-racial” America, black people are allowed to be as racist as they want while if a white person even hints at a racist remark they’re eviscerated and liberals do everything they can to destroy their lives.

Cue Donald Sterling, the man who made some racist comments and literally had his life taken from him. That was okay though, since the NBA can’t tolerate racism of any type, or can it?

As MadWorldNews points out, Jay-Z AKA Shawn Carter was an owner in the NBA from 2003 until April of 2013. During that time when he was part owner of the Brooklyn Nets, in 2010 specifically, he held a lavish party in the Merah Club in London where white people were banned from attending.

Did you read that?

That’s right, the party was only for black people involved in the music industry, reporters, and any other black people Jay-Z happened to know but not a single white person was allowed.

Isn’t that racist? After all, to ban someone from a party for the color of their skin is about as racist as you can get, right?

This just goes to show you that there is in fact a double standard and it’s the only standard liberals live by. Because without it they would have no standards at all.


30 posted on 05/22/2014 1:24:07 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Neidermeyer

Yes, it’s gotten to the point now where if a white person makes any comment on race whatsoever, they are branded a “racist” and trashed by the media.

Blacks however have free reign to say anything!


31 posted on 05/22/2014 1:37:57 PM PDT by Dave346
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To: windcliff

“If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face - white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere - I’m walking back to the other side of the street,” he said

Concealed carry dude... I walk on the side of the street that I want to..


32 posted on 05/22/2014 1:54:43 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American - Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: Dave346

Blacks however have free reign to say anything!
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Mr. Beyonce , Sean Carter NBA owner (aka Jay Z) ,, didn’t “say” things , he DID things ... big difference .. and much worse in reality ... but nothing was done by the league.

I don’t care about anything the league has to say about anything until they clean house with the out of control BLACK racism.


33 posted on 05/22/2014 1:55:38 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: ealgeone

Cuban’s about to lose his franchise.....

Now that there is funny!
If the league thinks it is going to have a fight on their hands with Stirling they would have a major war with Cuban....


34 posted on 05/22/2014 1:57:27 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American - Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: windcliff

If a precedent is set with Donald Sterling, then all major league sports owners (not to mention a lot of other business people) will be bullseye targets for blackmail. ANYTHING non-PC they say in private can and will be used against them, even if it doesn’t come out in the news.


35 posted on 05/22/2014 2:09:27 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: windcliff
Some years ago Chris Rock...who was quite black the last time I checked...did a "concert" during which he talked about a subject that he called "black people vs niggaz".In he talked at length,and in detail,about the minority of black people who steal,assault,etc.He sounded serious as he was talking and while many in the audience seemed to enjoy it not all of them did (the audience appeared to be mainly black).

This,to me,says that it's OK for anyone of *any* race to call anyone of *any* race to task for anti social,destructive behavior as long as they keep it accurate.For example...whites can criticize blacks as long as they acknowledge (correctly) that the majority of black people aren't scumbags.

This performance is on youtube...just search Chris Rock black people vs niggaz.

36 posted on 05/22/2014 2:15:03 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: windcliff

Which part was “bigoted”??


37 posted on 05/22/2014 2:20:00 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Dr. Ursus

The non-controversial 5% Nation members will soon own all the NBA franchises.


38 posted on 05/22/2014 2:21:08 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: windcliff

Mr. Cuban you are so correct. Thanks for it and now prepare to sell the Mavs. The NBA banned free speech.


39 posted on 05/22/2014 2:59:53 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“How did we get to be so politically correct?”

I wonder how that has happened myself. Used to be that if a person didn’t like a person’s opinions or views...ya just didn’t frequent their place of business.

What a difference a few decades make.


40 posted on 05/22/2014 8:00:03 PM PDT by berdie
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To: berdie

We are in thought control/ mind control territory now.

I hope that Donald Sterling makes some headway with the NBA lawsuit. While I can’t defend what he said, it strikes me as a severe overreaction to take away his business, because he said something stupid.


41 posted on 05/22/2014 8:03:19 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: windcliff

Race baiters attack, again.

What Mark Cuban said was not racist nor bigotry.

His statements displayed the prejudice (pre-judgement) that we all have regarding other people and our inner-sense of potential dangers.


42 posted on 05/23/2014 1:43:41 AM PDT by octex
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