*Mark Cuban has always been known to speak his mind, but the NBA owner is making amends for comments made on bigotry and prejudice.
On Thursday, Cuban apologized to Trayvon Martin’s family over the remarks, which were said during an interview with Inc. magazine. Among the revelations made was Cuban’s admission to his own prejudices as well as his belief that everyone has “prejudices and bigotries” on some level.
The sports mogul’s comments resulted in another black eye for the NBA, which is still dealing with the drama from racist remarks made by now-banned LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Cuban responded to the backlash against him via Twitter while apologizing to the Martin family.
“In hindsight I should have used different examples,” Cuban wrote. “I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.”
Despite the apology, Cuban says he stands by what he said to Inc. magazine.
“We’re all prejudiced in one way or the other,” the “Shark Tank” fixture said. “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. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of.”
Sterling’s fate as the owner of the Clippers will be decided on June 3 when NBA owners cast ballots on a motion to oust Sterling and force him to sell the Clippers. At this time, he hasn’t revealed how he will vote on the issue. Regarding Sterling’s comments, Cuban labeled them “abhorrent,” adding that there is “no place for racism in the NBA, any business I’m associated with.”
Cuban has, however, cautioned that the Sterling matter is a “very slippery slope.”
“While we all have our prejudices and bigotries, we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control,” Cuban told Inc. “It’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it, not just to kick the problem down the road because it does my company no good, does my customers no good, does society no good if my response to somebody and their racism or bigotry is to say ‘It’s not right for you to be here, go take your attitude somewhere else.’”
For more of Mark Cuban’s interview with Inc. magazine, check out the video below:
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