Rodman said that West asked Rodman if he wanted to go somewhere, and he responded, “Yeah, I gotta get the [expletive] out of here.” The two of them then, according to Rodman, went to Las Vegas, where West gave him $200,000 to gamble beside him at the MGM. “I lost $50,000 like in two minutes,” Rodman said. “I swear to God, I swear to god. I was like, ‘I can’t do this, man.’”
Over what is believed to be a two-day span, he said, he lost in the neighborhood of $100,000. A person with intimate knowledge of the game claims Crawford lost several hundred thousand and Allen lost even more. And that, days after the dice game, a call was placed to Goodwin, Crawford’s agent, to inform him that Crawford had not yet squared his debt with one professional gambler. “OK,” Goodwin said, according to the person with intimate knowledge of the game. “What does he owe? Jamal is good for it.” “No, you don’t understand,” the go-between said. “If he doesn’t pay now, these guys will kill Jamal.” “Kill Jamal?!! He’s an NBA player. He gets paid as soon as the season starts. Give me the dude’s number.” The person with knowledge of the game said Goodwin called the man Crawford owed money, set up a payment plan and resolved the issue without incident.
Mark Cuban: “So let’s talk about what it means to be a game of skill because it’s something that’s misunderstood, and it’s really quite simple. I’ll use my own experience owning the Dallas Mavericks to make the point. Donnie Nelson and my team manage the Mavericks in the same way that most sophisticated people play daily fantasy sports — they collect the data, analyze it and make predictions about what it means. We succeed in the same way fantasy players succeed on daily fantasy sports sites — by making accurate predictions. We scout, test, research and execute; it’s not that different than your typical daily fantasy player. If it sounds easy, then I suggest you not play because you don’t get it. It takes work and, yes, it takes skill. Like any complicated endeavor, it is equal parts art and science. More often than not we fail, but when we succeed, the rewards justify the sacrifice. The same principle applies to fantasy sports. And that’s why fantasy sports is growing so fast. That job, the job I love and that my team performs every day, is every sports fan’s fantasy.”
Mark Cuban: “There could be naysayers and more people who try to restrict access to fantasy games. Here’s what I have to say that: Good luck. Good luck standing in the way of the entire sports-loving population that enjoys the camaraderie that comes with playing fantasy sports. Good luck telling these folks that they are criminals for doing something that is its own American national pastime. And good luck telling us that we are incapable of deciding for ourselves what hobbies we can participate in. Fantasy sports is here to stay, and that is a good thing.”
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is defending the daily fantasy sports industry the Texas attorney general considers illegal. Addressing the Fantasy Sports Trade Association in Dallas on Wednesday, Cuban said Attorney General Ken Paxton’s opinion is nonbinding but still “kind of disappointing.” He dismissed the contention of Paxton and officials of other states that daily fantasy sports are a game of chance.