Marc Cuban is always in the news. The Dallas Mavericks owner is always outspoken and never holds back how he feels. In today’s episode, he sort of called-out himself (and everybody else in a round-about way) about his own bigotry. In an interview during Inc’s GrowCo conference in Nashville, he made some comments about his own bigotry:
Of course, this caused backlash and he later took to Twitter to apologize. In an effort to further explain himself he said:
“In this day and age, this country has really come a long way putting any type of bigotry behind us, regardless of who it’s towards — whether it’s the LGBT community, whether it’s xenophobia, fear of people from other countries — we’ve come a long way. And with that progress comes a price. We’re a lot more vigilant in what we … and we’re a lot less tolerant of different views. And it’s not necessarily easy for everybody to adopt or adapt or evolve. We’re all prejudiced in one way or the other. 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. 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. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of. And so in my businesses, try not to be hypocritical. I know that I’m not perfect. I know that I live in a glass house and it’s not appropriate for me to throw stones. And so when I run into bigotry in organizations I control, I try to find solutions. I’ll work with people. I’ll send them to training, I’ll send them to sensitivity training. I’ll try to give them a chance to improve themselves. Because I think improving, helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear they may not understand and helping people realize that while we all 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, not just to kick the problem down the road. Because it does my company no good, it does my customers no good, it does society no good if my response to somebody in their racism or bigotry is to say, ‘It’s not right for you to be here, go take your attitude somewhere else.’”
Let’s all agree that Marc Cuban is right. We ALL have our own level of bigotry and to an extent prejudices too. We should acknowledge our own prejudices and how they directly affect our lives. However, to whom much is given, much is required. As it relates to Donald Sterling, his immediate response wasn’t this kind of humility, and given his history, it became the proverbial straw.
Marc Cuban may be expressing sentiments felt among many of the current NBA owners. Will this attitude of help translate to voting against removing Sterling from ownership? Will the owners, who perhaps share some of these same feelings vote in favor of counseling or racial sensitivity training for Sterling? Hopefully this will cause them to look at themselves and take some inventory. Perhaps we all need to.
Had the NBA dealt with Donald Sterling prior to this incident, we may not even be having this discussion, however, too much has happened and Adam Silver has spoken.
The question still remains, what will the owners do?
What do you think?
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