HoopsHype Mark Cuban rumors

May 28, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he regrets using the word “hoodie’’ during a recent interview with Inc. Magazine. Among other things, Cuban told the magazine that he would cross the street late at night if he saw a black kid wearing a hoodie, of a white kid with a bunch of tattoos. In an interview with TNT prior to Tuesday’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, Cuban said: “I wouldn't use the same example -- that was a mistake. But I don't regret a single thing that I said; I stand behind it 100 percent. “Other than the examples I would say the exact same thing over again. I’m proud of the fact that it started a discussion on racism, I’m proud of the fact that it created this firestorm and got people thinking about themselves and how they approach it. I would do it again and I hope I get the chance to have this conversation many times.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Cuban said he apologized to the family of teenager Trayvon Martin for the “hoodie’’ remark. Martin was killed in February of 2012 while he was wearing a hoodie as he walked through a Sanford, Fla., neighborhood. “The reason I apologized is because I've met and spent time with his family and when I said it I hadn't considered that they might have to deal with all the media onslaught, and that's not fair to them,’’ Cuban said. “I know his brother, I tried to hire his brother, he's a super smart kid and he's going to do amazing things. “I hadn't considered the Martins, and I felt bad for that and so for that reason I owed them an apology. And let me be clear, no one asked me to apologize. I did it voluntarily because I made a mistake as far as the Martin family is concerned.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

May 27, 2014 Updates
May 24, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban joined KRLD-FM 105.3 on Friday. Here are some highlights from the interview. On whether he is discouraged to talk honestly now: "I have not gone through any drama. It hasn't been people coming after me. Everybody has been incredibly supportive. I have shown it to my family and talked about it with them. I'm proud of it. I'm absolutely, positively, 100 percent proud of everything that I said, other than I picked some poor examples. Just for the record, I reached out to the Martin family and sent them an email. They responded, so I feel good that I did that as well." On if the league or other owners have contacted him: "No, not at all. Not at all. I actually talked to someone in the league and they said they haven't gotten a single phone call about it." Dallas Morning News

On the Donald Sterling situation: "We will get there on June 3rd. I'm going to keep an open mind and listen then decide what I decide. I told everybody I knew what my vote was, but that was just to shut everybody up and not get anymore questions. I'll hear what has to be said because that's the right thing to do. You can't be hypocritical. You have to be objective. You have to try and do something about it rather than just throw him to the street." Dallas Morning News

May 23, 2014 Updates

“I want San Antonio to win,” Cuban said on 105.3 The Fan’s “Ben and Skin Show” on Friday. “I want Tim Duncan to hit a game-winning shot to win Game 7, then go to the Finals, do the exact same thing, hit a game-winning shot in Game 7, run down the tunnel, never to be seen from again. “I want him to retire on the spot. I hope he gets that last ring and it’s all the incentive he needs to retire.” ESPN.com

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apologized Thursday to Trayvon Martin’s family over his choice of words in a videotaped interview in which he addressed bigotry and prejudice. Cuban even revealed some of his own prejudices in the interview with Inc. magazine, and said he believes everyone has “prejudices and bigotries” on some level. But after his words — which came with the NBA still dealing with the fallout over racist remarks made by now-banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling — created a stir in social media and other circles, Cuban took to Twitter to offer his apology. “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.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

May 22, 2014 Updates

Mark Cuban: In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn't consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that. Beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview. I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand, and helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries. We have to learn that it's an issue that we have to control, that it's part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it. Twitter @mcuban

May 21, 2014 Updates

Flagg responded to the tweet by doing an interview on a Dallas radio show, then reaching out and telling me of Cuban, "He called. I don't lie." Flagg called into my Portland radio show (Line 1) and re-told the story, indicating that their discussion was prior to the publication of Tim Donaghy's book. Flagg said Cuban asked, "What's in the book?" Flagg said that he spoke with Cuban about the 2006 Finals, and that he told him to sue the NBA. Flagg said he agreed with Cuban that he was not paid for his advice. Oregonian

Cuban called in to my radio show (Line 2) and said he, too, wanted to clear up the context of any possible conversation he had with Flagg, "I don't recall calling the guy. But when the whole (Tim) Donaghy thing was going on I talked to a lot of people so I don't think it's inconceivable that I could have talked to him." The Mavericks owner said of the 2006 NBA Finals (Dallas-Miami) officiating, "There's a reason why I got fined. It was horrible. It was beyond horrible." Oregonian

"Adam Silver's been very very open to. I don't want to speak for David (Stern) but my attitude and my battle with David when David was commissioner was that he didn't care who won. He knew one team had to win, and one team had to lose, and officiating may or may not impact who won, but for him, because he didn't care who won, the officiating was way down the list. "What Adam recognizes is that it affects our brand. It impacts TV viewership, it impacts merchandise sales, and as a result, it's something we should deal with." Oregonian

May 20, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has taken to Twitter to set the record straight, saying he "never hired or consulted with any former FBI agents to investigate our 2006." Finals. On Friday, Oregonian columnist John Canzano reported Cuban consulted with a retired FBI agent and considered a lawsuit following controversial calls made during the 2006 NBA Finals. Canzano spoke with 20-year-FBI veteran Warren Flagg for his series about NBA officiating, and Flagg brought up the talks he had with the outspoken owner. Dallas Morning News

May 17, 2014 Updates

Retired FBI agent Warren Flagg, a 20-year veteran of the bureau, said he consulted with Cuban after that playoff debacle. Flagg now runs his own New York-based investigation and security firm. He looked deep into officiating, as Flagg said, Cuban was considering a lawsuit. "Cuban asked me what he should do," Flagg said of the 2006 Finals. "I told him, 'Sue and you'll win your case,' but he knew he'd be killing the Golden Goose." When asked about his discussions with Flagg, Cuban said: "I don't remember." Oregonian

May 13, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he believes the Los Angeles Clippers will sell for far north of $1 billion. Though several billionaires have expressed interest in buying the team, Cuban said it will take a group of buyers to put together a winning bid for the club. "Acquiring the franchise has gone from rich guys or women being able to write a check for a team, to it being a consortium where you have a lot of stakeholders," Cuban said in an interview with CNN's Christine Romans Tuesday. KETK NBC

May 11, 2014 Updates

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