Shalom Life | May 26, 2014

Mark Cuban Apologizes to Trayvon Martin's Family

The Dallas Mavericks owner has apologized for comments he made regarding race and ethnicity

By: Graham Sigurdson

Published: May 23rd, 2014 in Sports » Local

Mark Cuban, the Jewish owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has apologized for his comments regarding a fear of “a black kid in a hoodie” during a discussion of race in an interview with Inc. Magazine.

During the interview, Cuban said, “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.”

On Thursday, Cuban apologized for his comments via a series of tweets, stating "In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn't consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that."

Apology aside, Cuban stood by the comments he had made regarding race and bigotry when answering a question regarding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

He tweeted: “Beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview.”

Cubans comments come in the wake of a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine for Donald Sterling stemming from a recording of him making comments about race and instructing his girlfriend not to bring black people to his team’s games.

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