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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  • Scott.

    Question to the politically correct folks out there. When did fearing something by their looks become racism? I personally have done exactly what Cuban has spoken. There was a white skinhead with several visible tattoos that made me fearful of him. Guess what I left the grocery line I was in and went to the farthest line from him. If there’s a male wearing all red or all blue I think gang, no matter what color they are. Mho

  • http://www.BR-549.com Junior Samples

    The problem has been the focus on irrelevant arguments – some of which are actually unsupported by the evidence.

    1. ‘George Zimmerman (GZ) racially profiled Trayvon Martin (TM)’ There is no evidence of this.

    2. ‘GZ disobeyed an order by the police’ * The civilian dispatcher, Sean Noffke, testified that he did not give GZ an order and, in fact, he, like his fellow dispatchers, are trained not make comments that sound like commands. * Noffke also testified under cross that, as a result of his asking GZ which way TM was going, GZ could have reasonably interpreted this as being asked to follow Martin. * It is also not a crime in Florida to disregard a comment made by a civilian dispatcher.

    3. ‘GZ got out of his car’ Not a crime on public property and not negligent either.

    4. ‘GZ followed TM’ Again, anyone can follow anyone on a public street unless the followee has obtained a restraining order against the follower and even there, the RS only places time, place, and manner restrictions on the person enjoined.

    5. ‘GZ wasn’t really injured’ * Under Florida’s self-defense laws, one doesn’t have to be injured AT ALL to use deadly force * No one is required to refrain from defending himself while another is engaged in or attempting to commit a felony.

    6. ‘TM is dead through no fault of his own’ * If you believe that TM assaulted GZ, then he IS dead as a result of his own actions.

    7. ‘GZ could have left’ * Under Florida law, there is not a duty to withdraw rather than use deadly force * TM was straddling GZ so how the latter was supposed to leave the scene is unanswered.

    8. ‘GZ was armed and TM wasn’t’ * One’s fists can be considered weapons and can result in severe bodily harm or death. * GZ was legally carrying a weapon * There is no requirement under the law that the same weapon be used by the assailant * A homeowner can kill an intruder whether or not he has been threatened * Those that attack cannot feign surprise if they are met with superior firepower.

    9. ‘Stand Your Ground!’ * SYG is NOT at issue in this trial. * The defense is a classic self-defense case.

    10. ‘Black men NEVER get to use SYG!’ * Wrong http://tinyurl.com/nboht35

    11. ‘GZ is a man and TM was a boy!’ * As if ‘boys’ don’t commit murder, rape, and assault everyday in this country.

  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    Normally you would say Mark Cuban is bright, intelligent his views well thought out and delivered on point and those reacting negatively are all idiots, morons and do not get it ! BUT in this case i am going call Mark Cuban the moron, the simpleton the idiot and those people who are angry i will refer to them as reasonable rationale thinking individuals, why because they’re doing what comes natual to them as a collective !

    you will find those who are smart enough to decipher the informationb and those who only recieve the key words, hot button points, like black, hoodie, i am crossing the street… and if they missed those hysteria creating words, then vultures are just waiting to pick at the rotting pieces by repeatedly hitting people over the head with those words, everyone has their own reason, some want to sell newspapers, get website hits, TV numbers and some may not like Cuban period !

    What’s more important is that people get their agenda met and who cares if the turth is being stomped on in the back and forth…. This is why i believe Mark is the idiot in this case, if this was a one on one conversation then what he said is very reasonable, even in a group of a few hundred where everyone is able to voice their opinions, but Cuban forgets this message is going out to millions, and millions… it’s no longer one , ten or a few hundreds brains at work but millions of minds tuning in Cuban might as well have spoken in “gobbldee goop” because whatever he said the negative words will always find its way to the surface !

    if Cuban had said nothing, all would be fine, then again we are in a world where get mad over things for a few days, weeks until the next story comes along… and to think we have soldiers dying so people can speak their minds, as long as others agree with what you are saying….. hmmm, strange i must of missed that part in our charter of rights and freedoms !!!