Mark Cuban isn’t dumb. You don’t just stumble into being a billionaire unless you’re Paris Hilton and the only talent you have is your last name. A month after Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling set the world on fire with his racist and insensitive comments, Cuban now finds himself in a similar situation.
The Dallas Mavericks’ owner was speaking in Nashville, Tennessee when he said “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.”
I’m not going to get into whether Cuban is right or wrong in his comments but I can say his analogy of a ‘black kid in a hoodie’ was about as untimely and insensitive as it gets.
Cuban spent most of his day Thursday defending himself on Twitter and did eventually issue an apology to the family of Trayvon Martin, the young man shot and killed in large part because of his hoodie.
If read the entirety of Cuban’s comments, I feel like they come off less inappropriate than many are making them out to be but Cuban has to have better judgment than that especially coming off the Sterling controversy. Sometimes the less said the better.
Fielder Out for the Season?
Detroit Tigers’ General Manage Dave Dombrowski has pulled the trigger on some pretty impressive trades in his time as the GM in the Motor City but perhaps one of his most important was this past offseason when dealt Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Fielder will get a second opinion this coming week about his neck but as of right now he will be facing season-ending surgery. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, this will be Fielder’s first stint on the Disabled List in his 10-year career. Over that span he has missed just 13 games which considering his size and the violence with which he swings is pretty incredible.
For the Rangers, the season is now spiraling out of control. They’ve fallen well off the pace in the American League West as the Oakland A’s have pretty much pulled away from the AL West field. Now with Fielder likely down for the season and Jurickson Profar scheduled to miss another 2-3 months, I don’t anticipate much noise coming from Arlington the rest of the season.
Donovan Not on Final 23 Roster
I’m the furthest thing from a soccer guy that there is but even I understand the situation regarding Landon Donovan. As the game continues to try and gain a foothold in the United States, the US Mens’ National Team will enter the 2014 World Cup without its’ most recognizable player.
US Manager Jurgen Klinsmann called the decision one of the more difficult of his career and that appears to be an understatement. Most experts believe that a poor showing by the team will likely spell the end of Klinsmann. Despite being 32 years old, Donovan is the all-time leader in World Cup goals and games played and would have served as a solid leader but Klinsmann chose to go into another direction.
Donovan handled the situation with maturity and genuine respect saying he’d still be cheering for his friends and teammates. For the sake of Klinsmann, let’s hope he has a lot to cheer about.