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Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Says He’s ‘Bigoted’ Against ‘A Black Kid in a Hoodie’

22 May
Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Says He's 'Bigoted' Against 'A Black Kid in a Hoodie'

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is a guy who, in the parlance of our times, likes to shoot from the hip.

In a recent interview with The Tennessean’s Shelley DuBois, however, Cuban somehow managed to take a six-shooter and blast himself in the foot seven times.

On whether or not he will vote to oust Clippers owner Donald Sterling: You’ll find out. I know how I’m going to vote, but I’m not ready to comment on it.

On how to keep bigotry out of the NBA: You don’t. There’s no law against stupid.

On stupidity in general: I’m the one guy who says don’t force the stupid people to be quiet – I want to know who the morons are.

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.

We might as well tackle all of these in order.

According to ESPN.com, NBA owners will convene on June 3 for a hearing to decide the fate of disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

While it’s widely expected that commissioner Adam Silver will receive the 22 votes necessary to bar Sterling from any official association with the league for life, Cuban’s above-quoted comments suggest he may well buck the trend and vote in Sterling’s favor.

 

 

All the same, this could be a simple case of mistaken semantics.

It’s true there is no law—local, federal or otherwise—outlawing stupidity per se. At the same time, Silver’s gambit was never reallyabout the law, so much as a statement about what kind of league he intends to steward going forward.

Therefore, Cuban could well side with those looking to ban Sterling, without it necessarily compromising his core, decidedly libertarian stance.

Or, Cuban’s comments could portend a vote cast more according to his underlying political philosophy than how he feels about Sterling personally.

 

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Which is what makes his final remarks about the “black kid in a hoodie” so fascinating: In making the self-aware observation that he too is prejudiced, Cuban might be hinting that, for him anyway, all of this falls squarely in the realm of the First Amendment—not only that Sterling has the right to say the things he said, but that we as consumers can choose whether to purchase his product or not.

It’s also, you know, pretty racist. And quite odd, given how jarringly it evokes Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teen who was shot and killed in 2012 by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman, sparking one of the most polarizing murder trials in recent American history.

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