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During a GrowCo conference on Wednesday, Cuban admitted that he’s sometimes racist and even went so far as to give examples.
“I know I’m prejudiced, and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways,” Cuban said.
“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 (on the side he now is on), I’ll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts; we all live in glass houses.”
Cuban was trying to make the point that everyone has a bias and no one is immune from making decisions based on stereotypes.
Cuban says although he’s not ready to comment on the Sterling affair, he knows how he will vote on June 3. Regarding keeping bigotry out of the NBA, Cuban says there’s really no way to do that.
“You don’t; there’s no law against stupid,” Cuban said. “I’m the one guy who says don’t force the stupid people to be quiet. I want to know who the morons are.”
Cuban’s comments stirred controversy and among the first to come to his defense was sports commentator Stephen A. Smith, who went on air to defend Cuban. This is curious considering that in 2012, Cuban spent the first half of an interview on ESPN’s First Take trashing co- hosts Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless.
Dr Boyce Watkins, who often speaks on racial issues in the United States, says that Cuban’s comments probably have an agenda.
“I get the sense that Mark is seeking to subtely vouch for Donald Sterling,” says Watkins. “He didn’t have to do that interview and he didn’t have to admit that he was racist. Also, Stephen A. probably should never have defended Cuban’s remarks. There’s a difference between being a bigot in the privacy of your own home vs. spending 30 years keeping black people out of homes and jobs. Cuban should not be defending Mark Sterling and he shouldn’t imply that black men can’t wear hoodies without being scary monsters.”
Dr Watkins says more about Cuban’s remarks in this video.