May 22, 2014, - 2:50 pm
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is a tease, a hypocrite, and a phony when it comes to racism and the pro basketball league’s attempt to oust his fellow team owner Donald Sterling.
Cuban likes media attention and publicity, and he’s getting a lot of it today because of an Inc. interview he gave in which he says he walks on the other side of the street when he sees “a Black kid in a hoodie.” I couldn’t care less, as this is no different from what Jesse Jackson has said about Black kids in hoodies. But Cuban is all over the map and keeps contradicting himself when it comes to the Donald Sterling matter. In the end, he’s just like all the other NBA team owners who are pushing to oust Sterling, even though Cuban has now announced that he’s just as prejudiced against Black people and possibly more so than Sterling.
A couple of days after TMZ ran audio of Sterling’s private phone conversation with nutty gold-digger girlfriend V. Stiviano, Cuban told the press that he thinks the NBA is going down a “slippery slope” if it penalizes everyone for their beliefs and questioned where the line would be drawn. He said he was troubled by that, and I admired that the guy sounded like he was actually an independent thinker. But, then, the next day, just after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced a $2.5 million fine and the ouster of Sterling from the NBA, Cuban did a 180 and sent out a Twitter tweet congratulating Silver and gushing over his decision, saying he supported it.
Now, in trying to make himself sound like he’s understanding and sympathetic to everyone, Cuban is saying something deliberately in a public interview that is, frankly, no less “prejudiced” or different from Sterling telling his half-Black girlfriend not to “broadcast” photos of herself with Black men or bring them to his games. The only distinction is that Sterling said this in private and is a demented 80-something fool. Cuban is only in his 50s and he deliberately made this statement in public. So, shouldn’t he lose his NBA team? By the NBA standards, he should. After all, he’s admitting he’s prejudiced against Black kids, isn’t he? (And maybe all of the Blacks OUTRAGED! against George Zimmerman should boycott his team. Maybe grandstanding Jennifer Granholm should trot out her hoodie, again, too.)
When is Adam Silver going to announce his fining and ouster of Cuban? After all, just as Cuban initially warned–but later apparently forgot about–it’s dangerous to fine a guy and take his team away from him because you don’t agree with his beliefs uttered in a private conversation (while you tolerate all kinds of publicly declared Black racism against others). But since Cuban already tweeted that he supports Silver’s decision, then he should also support the same actions by the NBA against himself. If I were Donald Sterling’s lawyers, I’d hammer this point and use it in his lawsuit.
I’m annoyed that so many in the lumpenconservatariat continue, like predictable circus monkeys, to cheer Cuban for these bait-and-switch statements and disclosures, such as the one about the hoodie, when he is a hypocrite and applauded Adam Silver’s proposed ouster of Sterling. He wants to get away with saying these things about Black people in hoodies, but then wants to penalize Donald Sterling for telling his girlfriend not to “broadcast” photos of herself with Black guys or bring them to his games. If he’s going to employ political correctness against Sterling, he has to apply it to himself, too.
Even in the latest video interview in which he discloses the prejudice against Black kids in hoodies, he says:
On how to keep bigotry out of the NBA: You don’t. There’s no law against stupid.
Really? Then, why, Mark, did you tweet in support of Adam Silver’s proposed Sterling ouster? And why does Cuban send people to “sensitivity training” as he noted in the video? Does he send prejudiced Black NBA players to sensitivity training? Don’t bet on it.
By the way, as I noted on this site years ago (and Cuban responded in the comments section), Mark Cuban financed, distributed, and showed a movie at his Landmark Theaters that glorified and sympathized with Al-Qaeda-style Islamic terrorists who blow up New York’s Grand Central Station. Should Cuban lose his NBA team because of that? Shouldn’t he send himself to sensitivity training so he can understand the feelings of the victims of Islamic terrorism and their families? Mark also financed a movie that portrayed our soldiers in Iraq as rapists and murderers. Should he lose his team because of that and send himself to sensitivity training? By his standards, yes.
And Cuban should stop trying to be coy, such as when he says, now, that he’s not disclosing how he’ll vote in the NBA team owners’ impending vote on whether to oust Sterling. He already tweeted that Silver did the right thing and that he was proud of him. So, we know how he’ll vote. Or do we?
Like I said, Mark Cuban is all over the map and very phony and hypocritical on this issue. He’ll probably support Silver like he said in his tweet. But the guy is not consistent . . . or reliable on anything, except maybe when he’s on “Shark Tank.”
And if Mark Cuban votes to take away the Clippers from Donald Sterling, then ABC and the NBA should take away the TV show and the team, respectively, from Mark Cuban.
What’s good for the Sterling goose is good for the Cuban.
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