Since he bought the Dallas Mavericks and made himself into a celebrity, Mark Cuban has been media money. The man is a wonderful sound bite as he offers opinions on everything, and has been routinely unafraid to criticize anybody.
He has been critical of Phil Jackson, David Stern, NBA officials, the NCAA, the Olympics, the NFL, Lamar Odom, Don Nelson, Avery Johnson, "absentee NBA owners", the Academy Awards, etc. He has made a nice little niche for himself as the guy unafraid of his own opinions - these are not common animals.
And yet when it comes to the matter of Los Angeles Clippers owner latest run with racism, Cuban is electing to say nothing other than "the obvious is the obvious."
This is such a slam-dunk, no-brainer subject to weigh in on and he takes a pass, likely under the guise of "the high road".
The "obvious is the obvious" has never stopped Cuban from commenting before, whether it is about the NBA or anything else. Certainly Cuban has weighed in on matters that normally would be for the commissioner only.
For a long time, as the "new owner", Cuban did not have relationships with many of his fellow NBA owners, making it easier for him to rip whomever. Now, after owning this team for more than a decade, he knows these people. He is a big part of the NBA owner's Rich Guy Club. These people are his friends, making it harder to be so candid about their flaws.
No, it would appear - and just that, appear - that Cuban likes Donald Sterling and simply does not want to bag on his friend. Only a few years ago, Cuban commented that he liked Sterling because he does things his own way.
Cuban always seems to prefer rich guys who "do things their own way", usually right until they don't agree with him. As an NBA owner, Sterling never got in the way. Ever. He just owned his team for more than 30 years, and willingly provided a loser every season until the last few when he stumbled into Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.
Maybe Cuban was likely unaware that Sterling has had a history of making some incredibly stupid, racist, comments. Or Cuban is simply extending the universeal Rich Guy Pass - it's all good, because you can buy your way out of this.
It's not hypocritical for Cuban to no-comment on this, but it is slightly telling. He obviously does not condone Sterling's latest comments, but he clearly does not want to bag on a buddy, either.
Facebook Mac Engel