Skip to comments.Mavericks owner Cuban under fire for comments touching on race
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, theres a guy that has tattoos all over his face - white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere - Im 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.
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He didn’t say anything that Jesse Jackson hasn’t said.
I’m not a racist, but there is one Cuban that I hate.
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
throw him to the sharks —
Cuban’s about to lose his franchise.....
Another team for Ervin to purchase!
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...
First thing I thought of was what Jesse Jackson said. Cuban was articulate, to the point, and correct.
Wouldn’t that be cannibalism? I mean he plays a shark on TV.
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.
If the choice is between getting mugged and being called a racist, I’ll take the name calling.
Take away his team.
Take away his millions.
Make an example of him.
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.
” 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.
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.
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.”
And any person who wants to live will do the same thing.
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.
I often disagree with Mark Cuban. Not this time, and especially not in the current climate of thought police.
Dan Rather is deeply saddened.
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
Situational awareness, not racism.
LOL! Nice town Cuban lives in... Best to walk on the white stripe in the middle of the road, and take your chances...
FOR SURE! Great comment!
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. ;)
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?
Its not really a secret that in Obamas 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 theyre 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 cant 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?
Thats 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.
Isnt 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 its the only standard liberals live by. Because without it they would have no standards at all.
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!
“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, theres a guy that has tattoos all over his face - white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere - Im 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..
Blacks however have free reign to say anything!
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.
Cubans 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....
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.
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.
Which part was “bigoted”??
The non-controversial 5% Nation members will soon own all the NBA franchises.
Mr. Cuban you are so correct. Thanks for it and now prepare to sell the Mavs. The NBA banned free speech.
“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.
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.
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.
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