Mark Cuban Apologizes To Trayvon Martin’s Family After ‘Hoodie’ Remark

Thu, May 22, 2014 9:56pm EDT by 14 Comments
Mark Cuban Apologizes Trayvon Martin Family
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has come under fire for making an insensitive, racist comment about slain teen Trayvon Martin while addressing the Donald Sterling controversy at a business conference on May 21. Mark quickly took to Twitter to apologize to Travyon’s family but the damage had already been done.

Mark Cuban stirred up major controversy with his comments about racism and prejudice during Inc. magazine’s GrowCo conference in Nashville, Tenn. on May 21. Outrage spread after Mark made a shocking comment about a “black kid in a hoodie,” in a direct reference to the tragic death of Trayvon Martin in 2012. Upon realizing how hurtful his remark was, Mark apologized to Travyon’s family on Twitter. Watch the video below and tell us what YOU think.

Mark Cuban Apologizes To Trayvon Martin’s Family After ‘Hoodie’ Remark

Mark Cuban spoke out about the Donald Sterling scandal and shared some controversial opinions of his own about racism and bigotry at a business conference on May 21.

Mark argued that, “We’re all prejudice in one way or another,” and then made a shocking reference to Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old boy who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch guard George Zimmerman in 2012 while infamously wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Mark said at the conference:

If I see a black kid in a hoodie, and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face — white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere — I’m walking back to the other side of the street. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of.

Wow. Those are some bold and offensive comments! After Mark’s interview went viral and the backlash began, he took to Twitter to apologize to Trayvon’s family in a series of tweets on May 22:

 

Mark Cuban Stands By Controversial Comments

Despite his apology, Mark still stands by his polarizing comments on racism and bigotry.

He emphasized that in his tweets on May 22, saying: “Beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview…I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand, and helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control, that it’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it.”

We’re glad to hear that he’s apologized, but from where we stand, it sounds like Mark still doesn’t realize how heartless his comment about Treyvon was, or the depth of the emotional impact that it could have on the Martin family.

Watch the interview below to hear all of Mark’s shocking comments.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Mark’s apology was sincere? What do you think about his controversial interview? Let us know!

– Avery Thompson

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Susy

Posted at 1:43 AM on May 24, 2014  

People are way too sensitive these days. Doesn’t America pride itself on freedom of speech?

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Mr Bob Bob-a-lina

Posted at 3:01 PM on May 23, 2014  

He just said he would walk to the other side of the street. That is common sense at night and has nothing to do with Martin. You guys are ridiculous. He is not a racist. Have you ever been mugged? Common sense will save your life. Our public has gotten so reactionary about EVERYTHING. “We’re glad to hear that he’s apologized, but from where we stand, it sounds like Mark still doesn’t realize how heartless his comment about Treyvon was, or the depth of the emotional impact that it could have on the Martin family.” He didn’t say he would do something violent or criminal like George Zimmerman, he said he would cross the street. From where you stand you are weak willed and shallow and understand real human feelings.

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sfd69

Posted at 2:23 PM on May 23, 2014  

Mr. Cuban was not being honest, to the contrary he was being dishonest-mostly with himself. I am not a bigot, or prejudiced and the majority of my friends who are German, Norwegian, Australian, Canadian, East Indian, and Russian. We swore off the disastrous ways of our parents like we did the typewriter. We go on FACT and LOGIC. Mr. Cuban’s statements remind me of the people in high school that said everyone does drugs or carries a gun-NO they & the people you hang around with do. Mr. Cuban is attempting to cover his racism by saying EVERYONE does it-sounds HITLERISH (meaning that’s how HITLER got over). Bottom line Mr. Cuban is not QUALIFIED to make such statements on such serious subject.

EXAMINE THIS:

This is the message that Mr. Cuban has to understand depending on your world view words like “bigot” and “prejudice” can come out to mean RACIST. For example if I said I am a “SOCIALIST”-to Cuban Americans that means ” COMMUNISM” AND WORSE “CASTRO” oppression, torture, dictatorship PERIOD. This is due to their EXPERIENCES in CUBA under CASTRO. (I know Mr. Cuban is NOT Cuban, but the fact that most people think he is because of his last name proves my point of world view and the power of WORDS.)

If I say I am a “SOCIALIST” in certain parts of Europe it means “NATIONAL SOCIALISM AND WORSE HITLER” who was a NATIONAL SOCIALIST/FACIST (NAZI). Exactly OPPOSITE of the meaning in CUBA. Based on the comments I have seen and heard first hand-his statements are a disaster for ethnic relations-people have taken sides and things have went backwards in this area not FORWARD.

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Lavadius Eubanks

Posted at 1:15 PM on May 23, 2014  

I’m black and I have no problems with Cuban said. This interview has nothing to do with trayvon Martin.

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Mr Bob Bob-a-lina

Posted at 3:04 PM on May 23, 2014  

Thank you. I am white, grew up with mostly black people. Close friends are black. And I don’t see a single thing “wrong” with what he said. If a black kid is walking alone at night and sees a group of black kids wearing hoodies hanging around he should cross the street. That is common sense. America is becoming full of people that feel sorry for themselves constantly. Unreal.

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Kristy

Posted at 9:29 PM on May 24, 2014  

Are you aware that you sound like a bigot with the comments about growing up with mostly “black” people and you close friends are “black”? Just because you as a caucasian “think” that it is common sense to cross the street has nothing to do with someone of color crossing the street when people who look like us are in a group and wearing hoodies. You are not qualified to speak on the behalf of people of color because you do not know how we feel and just because you grew up with mostly people of color means nothing. It only means that you know what they tell you. I know plenty of people who grew up with mostly people of color that state that they cannot relate to how we feel and they can only go by what we tell them, but that does not qualify them to tell us what we should do when faced with a situation that is uncomfortable to a caucasian. As far as your last statement, you sound like a god d a m n bigot (America is becoming full of people that feel sorry for themselves constantly). I bet you do not understand what that statement sounds like to people of color. It makes you look like a bigot because America is becoming full of people of color, so we are feeling sorry for ourselves constantly. Wow, this why people should not discuss Ethnicity until they get a better understanding of what can and cannot be said, so that they do not have to put their foot in their mouth. Comments like that are inflammatory and offensive.

 
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Sandra

Posted at 8:10 PM on May 23, 2014  

I think you have processed what he said and good for you!

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Paul Stewart

Posted at 11:57 AM on May 23, 2014  

This is good example of blind racism and intolerance. He does not even understand his own racism; nor see it in himself. As for the line about both sides trying to bridge the divide; why should Trayvon have to go back to the other side of the street? Why not the white guy?

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88fan

Posted at 8:55 AM on May 23, 2014  

What he said was correct, he used examples of racism in both whites and blacks. This country and the media have gone overboard with this.

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garofaloroof

Posted at 3:13 AM on May 23, 2014  

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban came under fire Thursday for comments he made about race at a business conference in Nashville this week. Speaking about racism and bigotry in society in the aftermath of the Donald Sterling controversy, Cuban said that “We’re all prejudiced in one way or another.”

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Lolo

Posted at 2:49 AM on May 23, 2014  

What rasist, I’m black and I’m dark so what, why is black a bad thing, when white is not.

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Mister Baja

Posted at 12:24 AM on May 23, 2014  

he is scared to been seen as racist?

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Kristy

Posted at 9:43 PM on May 24, 2014  

I do not think that Mark Cuban is a bigot however, what he said was insensitive. I think he would have been better off had he just said he was sorry on social media and privately talk to the Martin family with an explanation. All the tweets make it seem like he was not being sincere because it seems like he was saying I’m sorry, but. Once he began to explain, it made his apology go in one ear and out the other. He does not owe us an explanation, so he should have reserved that for a private conversation with the Martin family.

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Lizzy

Posted at 4:04 AM on September 22, 2014  

So mr. Cuban used to be just a bartender at some point… now he thinks he can do whatever.

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