DALLAS -- Mark Cuban went on record recently to say he doesn't condone the racist comments embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling recently made during a secretly taped interview by his female companion.
But the owner of the Dallas Mavericks believes the NBA is going down a slippery slope in regards to trying to boot Sterling out of the league and take away his ownership. However, Cuban said he will leave it up to NBA commissioner Adam Silver on how to deal with Sterling.
"In no uncertain terms am I supporting what Donald Sterling said or his position,'' Cuban said. "He's obviously racist, he's obviously bigoted, and in this day and age when you're in the public eye you've got to be damn careful.
"If that's your position and that's unfortunate where you're at, you better be damn careful for what you say -- even in the privacy of your home. But regardless of your backcourt, regardless of the history that they have, if we're taking something somebody said in their home and we're trying to turn it into something that leads to you being forced to divest the property in any shape or form, that's not the United States of American and I don't wnat to be part of that.''
The NBA banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million for his racist remarks about African-American and minorities.
-- Dwain Price
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