Following comments Mark Cuban made this week about bigotry, where he voiced his fear of black men in hoodies, the Dallas Maverick owner took to Twitter to apologize to Trayvon Martin’s family for his insensitivity.
“In hindsight I should have used different examples,” Cuban wrote. “I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.”
Martin, the Florida teen who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in February 2012, was wearing a hooded sweatshirt at the time of his death. Zimmerman was later acquitted.
If you recall, Cuban revealed some of his own prejudices during an interview with Inc. Magazine, saying he believes everyone can be bigoted on some level. His controversial comments come just as the NBA charged L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling with damaging the league through racist comments.
“We’re all prejudiced in one way or the other,” Cuban said in the Inc. interview. “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.”
The outspoken Cuban was less revealing about how he will vote on June 3 when NBA owners are scheduled to cast ballots on a motion to oust Sterling and force him to sell the Clippers. He has, however, cautioned that ousting an NBA owner is a “very slippery slope.”
For more on Cuban’s controversial interview, which he says he stands by, click here.
SOURCE: AP | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty