Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was in Nashville on Wednesday to speak at the annual GrowCo, hosted by Inc. magazine and “billed as a tech-centric networking fest where representatives from successful companies can advise the next generation of budding entrepreneurs,” per the Tennessean. He started by promising the crowd that he was about to go “full Mark Cuban.” And he did.
His most candid comments came on the topic of bigotry. “I know I’m prejudiced and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways,” he said. “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.”
Here are some of his other greatest hits, as compiled by the Tennessean’s Shelley DuBois.
On his success after selling tech company MicroSolutions: I literally retired at 29 with a lifetime pass on American Airlines, and my goal was to party with as many people as possible.
On owning the Mavericks: Everybody thinks that we are in the basketball business. It’s an NBA game; we’re not in the basketball business. We’re in the business of creating unique experiences.
On his relationship with former NBA Commissioner David Stern: We get along great. And the few things we didn’t agree on, he had the authority to fine me on.
On whether or not he will vote to oust Clippers owner Donald Sterling: You’ll find out. I know how I’m going to vote, but I’m not ready to comment on it.
On how to keep bigotry out of the NBA: You don’t. There’s no law against stupid.
On stupidity in general: I’m the one guy who says don’t force the stupid people to be quiet — I want to know who the morons are.