Over the weekend, recordings were leaked that had some very racist comments made by LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling was talking to his girl friend and made comments regarding a picture posted on her Instagram in which she was with Magic Johnson.
Prior to Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs, media personnel gathered around Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to ask him his thoughts on the Donald Sterling situation. Cuban was reluctant to address the topic before Game 3, but he took questions and spoke for nearly 20 minutes Monday night.
“There’s no excuse for his positions,” Cuban said. “There’s no excuse for what he said. There’s no excuse for anybody to support racism”
Cuban was reluctant to jump on the topic fully though, making note that the subject is a “very, very slippery slope.”
Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has called for Sterling’s removal as an owner. When asked about it, Cuban wasn’t sure if he supported that choice.
“I think there’s a constitution for a reason, right?…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.”
Cuban pointed out other problems with jumping the gun on this situation though.
“If it’s about racism and we’re ready to kick people out of the league, O.K.? Then what about homophobia? What about somebody who doesn’t like a particular religion?”
“In this country, people are allowed to be morons. They’re allowed to be stupid. They’re allowed to think idiotic thoughts. Within an organization like the NBA, we try to do what’s in the best interest of the league and that’s why we have a commissioner and a constitution and I think Adam [Silver] will be smart and deal with Donald with the full extent available.”
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“But, again, if you’re saying a blanket, ‘Let’s kick him out?’ I don’t want to go that far because it’s not about Donald, it’s not about his position, it’s about his mess and what are we going to make a decision on.”
Cuban said he’s maybe talked to Sterling five times in the 14 years he’s been here. He also said he supports the idea of a maximum fine being given out by commissioner Silver.
We’ll wait and see what ultimately happens, in what will be Silver’s first major decision as Commissioner of the National Basketball Association.