Apr 20, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban watches warmups before the game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Cuban apologizes to Trayvon Martin family; stands by substance of comments

Late Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, social media was buzzing about comments that were made by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. During an interview at the GrowCo Conference in Nashville on Wednesday, Cuban commented on racism and bigotry.

People were incredibly upset with Cuban’s comments on the issues, when there was really not much to cause a fuss over.

The comments that got people complaining were:

I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways. 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… No one has pure thoughts… but it’s about recognizing when you have thoughts that aren’t right.

After a few media outlets took the opportunity to write articles about Cuban being a racist — even though he actually didn’t say anything racist — the talk seems to have calmed down.

Now, Cuban has emerged to issue somewhat of an apology for one of his comparisons while still standing by the substance of his comments.

Cuban did not need to apologize for his comments, but it is nice to see he understands why some people would have been upset for an example he gave.

In the end, however, Cuban really didn’t say anything that should have caused such a big fuss because he was simply being candid and speaking the honest truth.

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