‘I know I’m prejudiced’: Cuban candid about bigotry in speech

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shared his views on Donald Sterling and racism this week.

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been outspoken about the Donald Sterling controversy from the get-go.

On Wednesday, the Mavs owner spoke at the GrowCo conference in Nashville and addressed many topics, but the issue of Sterling and racism were broached, and he was candid.

Here are excerpts from The Tennessean:

Much of the reaction in the wake of Cuban’s comments has supported his willingness to be frank on a sensitive subject, but invoking "a black kid in a hoodie" brought the recent Trayvon Martin shooting case to many peoples’ minds. Cuban later apologized for that imagery but stood by his general comments:

The quotes have picked up some traction, and Cuban has taken issue with the way some outlets have presented them.

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From the start of the scandal, Cuban has tried to make clear he has been somewhat torn about this issue, or at least realizes it is complicated.

"I think there’s a (league) constitution for a reason, right?" Cuban said a month ago. "Because this is a very slippery slope. What Donald said was wrong. It was abhorrent. There’s no place for racism in the NBA, any business I’m associated with, and I don’t want to be associated with people who have that position.

"But at the same time, that’s a decision I make. I think you’ve got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It’s a very, very slippery slope.

"Again, there’s no excuse for his positions. There’s no excuse for what he said. There’s no excuse for anybody to support racism. There’s no place for it in our league, but there’s a very, very, very slippery slope."

Cuban later said he supported the decision to ban Sterling once commissioner Adam Silver handed down the punishment. NBA owners are set to vote June 3 on Sterling.

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