Mark Cuban is today drawing criticism after a recent interview was released in which the Dallas Mavericks owner spoke openly about the prejudices he still holds which effect his life.
Speaking to Inc. Magazine Cuban spoke of societies continued struggle with bigotry and predjudice, with the recent Donald Sterling revelations still fresh in everyone's minds:
"In this day and age, this country has really come a long way putting any type of bigotry behind us, regardless of who it's towards," Cuban explained.
And at one point Cuban admitted that he himself struggles with prejudice and somewhat bigoted thoughts:
"The list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of. So in my business, I try not to be hypocritical. I know that I'm not perfect. I know that I live in a glass house, and it's not appropriate for me to throw stones," Cuban said in Wednesday's interview.
But some of his comments are likely to bring criticism:
"We're all prejudiced in one way or another. 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."
Cuban has already voiced his support for the NBA's continued fight to expel LA Clippers owner Sterling from his position in the league, describing the disgraced owner as "stupid" but he did reveal in the interview that he himself would deal with racist attitudes differently:
"It's part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it, not just kick the problem down the road.
"It does society no good if my response to somebody and their racism and bigotry is to say, 'It's not right for you to be here. Go take your attitude somewhere else."
In the post-Sterling climate it seems fairly foolish of Cuban to have expressed such views, even if he was using them in an attempt to explain why the Clippers owner was in the wrong.