Mark Cuban: “I know I’m prejudiced and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways”
Polarizing Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban spoke as part of the annual GrowCo conference in downtown Nashville on Wednesday night. Cuban talked about many things including being prejudiced and bigoted. When Cuban was asked about bigotry he gave a rather surprising transparent response instead of the usual cliché answer.
On bigotry in general:I know I’m prejudiced and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways. If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I’ll move to the other side of the street. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos, I’ll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts, we all live in glass houses.
It will be interesting to see if Cuban votes to keep Donald Sterling as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers after these remarks. When asked, Cuban said he’s not ready to share which way he’s going to vote, but says he already knows what he’ll choose. In case you forgot, Cuban originally said that booting Sterling out of the NBA would be a “slippery slope” and that he didn’t think the NBA could force him out.
“What Donald said was wrong. It was abhorrent,” Cuban said. “There’s no place for racism in the NBA, any business I’m associated with. But at the same time, that’s a decision I make. I think you’ve got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It’s a very, very slippery slope.”
“How many people are bigoted in one way or the other in this league?” Cuban asked. “I don’t know. But you find one, all of a sudden you say well, you can’t play favorites being racist against African-Americans. Where do you draw the line?”
“But that has nothing to do with the rules that we have to live by,” Cuban said. “There’s a lot of things I don’t agree with that by letter and rule of law has to happen anyway. When you live in a country of laws, you want to support the laws.”
Do you agree with Cuban’s statement on bigotry?