The often outspoken Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks finally had something to say on the Donald Stern racist comments situation. In speaking with the Dallas Morning News he quickly condemned the words of Sterling saying, “there’s no place for racism”.
He was also quick to stifle knee-jerk reactions and no-tolerance punishments for a person’s personal views. Mark Cuban’s quote from DMN,
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.
But at the same time, that’s a decision I make. I think you’ve got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It’s a very, very slippery slope.
Again, there’s no excuse for his positions. There’s no excuse for what he said. There’s no excuse for anybody to support racism. There’s no place for it in our league, but there’s a very, very, very slippery slope.
If it’s about racism and we’re ready to kick people out of the league, OK? Then what about homophobia? What about somebody who doesn’t like a particular religion. What about somebody who’s anti-semitic What about a xenophobe?
In this country, people are allowed to be morons.
Cuban also offered a little insight into what kind of punishment might or might not be levied against the Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Cuban opened up about the mostly-secret bi-laws for owners and about what would justify the league removing an owner from the NBA. Cuban (and the Houston Rockets owner) agreed gambling is the only offence they knew of to justify removal.
As reported by Reason, Mark Cuban also told the paper he wanted maximum sanctions against Sterling and said the league would be better off without him. It sounds like a very severe penalty is in the works and Sterling may be on his way out even if the league doesn’t officially remove him today.
The league is expected to address the Donald Sterling situation at 1PM CT