Why Mark Cuban Is Apologizing To Trayvon Martin’s Family
In the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal, Mark Cuban is coming under fire for some comments he made regarding his own personal prejudices.
“If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street,” Cuban said during an interview with Inc. magazine. “And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face — white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere — I’m walking back to the other side of the street.”
Cuban later issued a series of tweets apologizing for his remarks, but the Dallas Mavericks owner also defended the context of his comments, writing:
“In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that,” Cuban tweeted on Thursday. “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.”
17-year-old, Florida native, Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman, Georg Zimmerman on February 26, 2012.
By the way, Cuban, who will soon vote on whether or not Donald Sterling’s ownership rights to the Clippers should be terminated, was fully supportive of NBA commissioner, Adam Silver’s decision to ban Sterling from the NBA for life.