Mark Cuban, the always loud-mouthed and brash owner of the Dallas Mavericks, stirred up quite the mix of emotions last week during an interview with ESPN. In the interview, he admitted to his own prejudices and had talked about if he saw a “black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street.” The comments were thought to be in reference to Trayvon Martin, the young man who was shot to death in early 2012.
At one point in time, apparently Mark Cuban attempted to hire Martin’s brother, according to Mark Jones of ESPN.
Mark Cuban told TNT he tried to hire Trayvon Martin's brother.
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) May 28, 2014
Cuban has always been an outspoken individual, but a confident one at that. While his comments were controversial, Cuban never backed down from his remarks and was nothing but honest about his own feelings, no matter how much drama was stirred up.
His most recent move, however, shows how sincere Cuban can be. While it’s unsure what role Martin’s brother was offered or when the job was offered, not many people, especially owners of a sports franchise, can say they’d do the same.
In light of the recent events with Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers, Cuban’s interview on ESPN was even more controversial, but never more timely. In light of his own comments, Cuban said he was “absolutely, positively, 100 percent proud of everything that I said, other than I picked some poor examples.” Cuban also reached out to the Martin family following his interview to apologize, which he said they responded to.