MR. MARK CUBAN.
Barking up the wrong tree?
Mark Cuban is totally wrong, spewing his own prejudices out. He is doing so in the wake of the Donald Sterling debacle that has engaged a national and global attention.
However, that is different from having just "prejudices", of crossing the street, if the person he is about to encounter on the sidewalk does not, in his view, look conventional or normal.
Donald Sterling's case has been analogous of catching a twelve year old boy with his hand in the cookie jar, and him saying that he was doing nothing. Nothing?
To make a sweeping statement as, "...don't bring black people to my games..." would be the same as telling someone that he or she should not come to your house; "why?" and the response would come out as, "because you are black".
That should not be regarded as a prejudicial effusion; that would be downright racism.
That was how the NBA authorities deduced from the recorded audio tape, containing racial statements, allegedly being attributed to Donald Sterling.
In a media interview, he denied that he was a racist; but with those racial outbursts in the background, wouldn't he be lying to himself that he was not a racist?
When the Sterling scandal broke, Cuban almost immediately jumped to defend him (Sterling); but somehow, he eased off until now......as he may have realized that to do so would be barking up the wrong tree; and also it would be detrimental to his own position as an NBA team owner.
Both men are in an industry, which is 60% black, 25% Caucasian and 15% of other groups; and for them to say anything racial, or close to it, will be unbecoming of them, and will not be welcomed by a majority of the players and officials.
There is no evidence of Cuban exhibiting racism in any way, shape or form, as an owner of an NBA franchise; but his remarks are akin to protecting those, who will use racial slurs, without thinking about their outcome.
That is what Donald Sterling is facing in the court of public opinion. The sooner he succumbs to the NBA decision, asking him to step down as a franchise owner, the better it will be for all concerned.