Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban caused a bit of a stir on Wednesday night with his candid comments about bigotry at an Inc. magazine-hosted conference in Nashville.
Cuban sat down with Inc. magazine for an additional interview in which he reiterates his comments and perhaps offers a clue as to how he views the NBA’s handling of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The league has banned Sterling for making racist comments and is urging its owners to strip him of his ownership of the Clippers, a matter that could come to a head in early June.
“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, whether it’s the LGBT community, whether it’s xenophobia, fear of people from other countries,” Cuban said in the interview. “We’ve come a long way, and with that progress comes a price where … we’re a lot less tolerant of different views. And it’s not necessarily easy for everybody to adopt or adapt or evolve.”
Cuban also talks about how he handles bigotry at the companies he owns, saying he would rather send the offending parties to sensitivity training “to give them a chance to improve themselves” than “kick the problem down the road, because it does my company no good, it does my customers no good, it does society no good if my response to somebody and their racism or bigotry is to say, ‘It’s not right for you to be here, go take your attitude somewhere else.’ “