Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is under fire for dropping a Trayvon Martin reference in a discussion about racism, and while he says he's sorry about that part, he says his comments were taken entirely out of context.
Cuban was discussing the Donald Sterling controversy in an interview with Inc. Magazine when he brought up his own 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 in the interview. "And if on that side of the street there's a guy who has tattoos all over his face, white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere, I'm walking back to the other side of the street."
Many interpreted the "black kid in a hoodie" example as a reference to Trayvon Martin, and Twitter totally freaked out. Now Cuban is offering an apology to Martin's family while explaining his comments.
. @JPCavan You owe me an apology for calling me a racist. I have my failings and I mentioned those in the interview. But a racist I am not— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
P/1: In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn't consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
P/2: beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview.— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
P/3: I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand,— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
P/4: and helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
P/5: 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— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
You can find the rest of my interview here http://t.co/WjGQYOw6Bz— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
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