Another National Basketball Association (NBA) boss is under fire for remarks on race.
Billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been defending his comments at an entrepreneurs’ conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday when he said: “I know I’m prejudiced, and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways.”
It comes just weeks after the furore surrounding LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s comments about black people,
In a video-recorded interview with Inc magazine, which hosted the event, Cuban added:”We’re all prejudiced in one way or the other. If I see a black kid in a hoodieand 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 hastattoosall over his face, white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere,I’m walking back to the other side of the street.”
“I know that I’m not perfect,” continued the tycoon, who is an investor on the show Shark Tank. “I knowthat I live in a glass house.”
Responding on Thursday to critics on Twitter, Cuban tweeted: “You’re trying to make this about a Hoodie. You know damn well its not. It’s about whatever makes You feel threatened”.
Cuban last month described as “abhorrent” comments by fellow NBA boss Sterling, who provoked nationwide outrage when he was recorded criticising a female friend for associating with black men.
The NBA is trying to get league owners to force Sterling to sell the Clippers, but Cuban has not said how he will vote on the matter.
22 May 2014 | 11:55 pm – Source: orange.co.uk