Mark Cuban apologizes to Trayvon Martin family
Indianapolis 500 honorary starter Mark Cuban has issued an apology to the family of Trayvon Martin.
In an interview regarding bigotry and prejudice, Cuban revealed some of his own prejudices and it has stirred up quite a controversy. He used an analogy involving hoodies to make his point and is now backtracking from it.
The millionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks is known to make controversial comments. He admitted in the interview he will have to be hypocrite in the upcoming vote on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
"We are all prejudice one way or another. If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it's late at night, I am going to the other side of the street. If on that side of the street there is a guy that has tattoos all over his face. White guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere, I am walking back to the other side of the street," he said.
Cuban is coming to Indianapolis to drop the green flag for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
"He will still be dropping the green flag," said IMS President Doug Boles. "From what I am told, there wasn't any intent there and I think people have taken a microscope on a couple of sentences. It probably doesn't mean what folks are spinning it to mean."
Cuban has been busy defending himself on Twitter, saying, "You owe me an apology for calling me a racist. I have my failings and I mentioned those in the interview, but I am not a racist."
Cuban certainly has his supporters like Stephen A Smith on ESPN.
"What Mark Cuban said could apply to any of us in terms of our beliefs, our prejudices and our affairs. What Donald Sterling articulated was on a totally different level," Smith said.
Cuban, an Indiana University graduate, says he knows how he will vote on Sterling's ouster June 3, but is not willing to disclose it.
He joins a list of honorary starters at the 500 that includes Peyton Manning, Reggie Miller, Jack Nicholson and Former Governor Mitch Daniels in recent years.