Any Regrets? Mark Cuban Reflects on Backlash Over Bigotry Remarks
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was criticized last spring for some candid comments in which he admitted to being prejudiced at times.
"I know I'm prejudiced, and I know I'm bigoted in a lot of different ways," Cuban said in an interview at a convention in May, which came during the controversy over racist comments made by then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
"If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I'll move to the other side of the street. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos, I'll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts; we all live in glass houses."
In a sit-down with Brian Kilmeade today, Cuban was asked whether he has any regrets over the comment. Cuban said he doesn’t regret it, but wished he had chosen his words differently.
“I wasn’t considerate to the Trayvon Martin family, who I’ve met. Because of the whole hoodie thing. So I probably could have phrased it differently, but my point, I’ll stand behind it then and I’ll stand behind it today. I’m going to be concerned about my safety when it’s late at night and I’m going to do whatever it takes to protect myself,” he said.
Cuban said he will never be politically correct in expressing himself.
Kilmeade asked about a wide range of topics, including President Obama’s job performance to date.
“He’s done some things right and he’s done some things wrong,” said Cuban.
Watch the full interview above.
In a second part (below), Cuban reflected on becoming a billionaire during the early days of the internet and the huge success of “Shark Tank.
He said he views the hit program as more of an “inspirational” show, rather than just a business show.
When he was initially invited to be a guest “shark,” Cuban recalled that he figured he’d appear on a few episodes and the show wouldn’t last too long.