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|Posted: Tue Apr 29th, 2014 08:29 pm||
|Mark Cuban usually has the best take on...well, just about everything.
Mark Cuban, the outspoken owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks has weighed in on the Donald Sterling controversy. Sterling is the 80-something owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who allegedly said vile things about blacks during a conversation with a former girlfriend.
Cuban, who also hosts the reality TV show Shark Tank, says
More here, from The Dallas Morning News.
Cuban, who made his money with Broadcast.com and is one of the most forward-looking businessmen when it comes to issues such as intellectual property and technology (he supported file-sharing pioneer Grokster in its case against movie studio MGM), raises a series of interesting questions, including whether private conversations should have public consequences of the sort we're dealing with here.
To this point: If Sterling didn't have a long and unsavory history regarding racially charged issues (NBA legend and former Clippers GM Elgin Baylor sued him for wrongful termination and discrimination; he settled a case charging him with discriminatory housing practices), the tape might not have been as explosive.
One of the implications of Cuban's comments is that many players, coaches, and team owners would be in trouble if homophobia were raised to the level of racism as a disqualifying set of beliefs. Despite the recent announcement of an openly gay current player, the league is widely regarded as a hotbed of anti-gay animus. Cuban's point, which I think he makes with clarity and with the best of intentions, is that chasing out bad ideas is never as easy as it seems at first blush.
The NBA has a governing constitution that will guide the league commissioner in whether and how to discipline Sterling. The document is secret however, so it's not immediately clear what guidance it gives in this sort of situation (other leagues have squeezed out owners for racially charged comments and after being convicted for criminal activity). One hint as to what's in the card may come from Cuban's comments to his hometown paper:
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is holding a press conference today at 2 p.m. ET today.
This thread was great before AA ruined it.