Mavs owner Mark Cuban declined to offer any personal opinion on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his alleged racist comments made public by TMZ.
He believes the comments stand alone and make their own statement about who Sterling is and what he is about.
“Sometimes people think you have to comment on everything in this day and age,” Cuban said. “When somebody says something, it’s better to just let what’s been said be the headline, because that sends a far greater message.
"They stand on their own, just because they’re pretty self-evident on the surface,” Cuban said. “There’s no reason to add any commentary or headlines to it. The obvious is the obvious. There’s no reason for me to repeat the obvious.”
The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his girlfriend.
NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ’s website. Bass called the comments “disturbing and offensive” and said the league would have no further comment at this time.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called the comments “disgusting” in a interview session before Game 3 of the first round playoff game against the Mavericks.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle declined to comment on the subject before the game.
The normally outspoken Cuban took a pass on adding any personal comments but he acknowledged that it was something the NBA must address.
“Obviously if any business or entrepreneur says and does things that aren’t congruent with what the organization’s trying to convey, that’s a problem,” Cuban said. “But it’s not my problem. Not my chair, not my problem. I’m not going to offer any opinions. It’s just not appropriate.”
Cuban did add that the blacked out photo Clippers center DeAndre Jordan posted on is Instagram account was a “brilliant” response.