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Mark Cuban Apologizes to Trayvon Martin's Family for "Black Kid in a Hoodie" Comment

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Mark Cuban is the rarest of creatures in today's sports world: an outspoken owner unafraid to speak his opinion on just about any topic, whether it's his belief that the NBA should fund research into human growth hormone or his crusade to change U.S. patent law.

Sometimes, though, the brutally honest approach can go very wrong. Like earlier this week, when the Dallas Mavericks owner said if he "saw a black kid in a hoodie" at night, he'd walk to the other side of the street. Now Cuban has apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin, the Miami teen killed two years ago by George Zimmerman while walking home at night in a hoodie.

See also: Trayvon Martin: Miami Heat Pose in Hoodies

Cuban apologized last night on his Twitter feed, saying he should have been more cognizant that his hoodie reference would immediately conjure thoughts of the Martin case.

The interview stirred immediate criticism, including from the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh, who told the press: "It's just a sensitive time."

But Cuban also refused to back down from the substance of his interview, which -- divorced from the Martin reference -- boiled down to the fact that all Americans still have biases, including Mark Cuban.

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Ernesto Gomez
Ernesto Gomez

This is beyond stupid. Why does he have to apologize. I saw the interview and I don't recall him ever mentioning TM. The more we indulge this the more those responsible for sensationalizing it keep at it. It's gotten to a point were people can't have an open discussion without someone scrutinizing every word that comes out their mouth and making them out to be a racist.

Julia McIntyre
Julia McIntyre

I'm just a small Asian chick. Lol, EVERYBODY SCARES ME I'D CROSS THE STREET IF ANY OF YOU WERE IN BLACK HOODIES. Lmao. Get over everything, people, geez.

Judith Berger
Judith Berger

He also said if he saw a white bald guy with tats he would cross to the other side!

Scott Stjohn
Scott Stjohn

Nice job leaving out the second part of his sentence about the white guy. Race baiting at it's finest

Fulano De Tal
Fulano De Tal

So wait. Now anytime you mention a kid in a hoodie it's offensive to the Martin family? Are they gonna trademark that shit now? All respects to the family but seriously... Only the media connected that. Fuck the media for turning everything into a fuxking frenzy.

Chandler Jackson
Chandler Jackson

when i don't wanna be bothered sometimes i'l wear a hoodie just cuz i know it scares the shit out of people. i'm not out to cause any bit of trouble or harm whatsoever. sometimes you just want to go about your business with no interruption. hoodies and headphones baby!

Brittany Ross
Brittany Ross

Perception and intuition is everything. I can't say that every black guy in a hoodie spooks me. That's beyond stupid. Nor does every white man with tattoos spook me. However, depending on how I initially perceive someone and what my intuition tells me, as well where I'm currently located, I may make a decision that puts myself at ease and make me feel safe. Black, white, green, or purple. My red flags have gone up on people based on their appearance and behavior, they may just so happened to be black (as well as other races) but never am I like holy smokes, there's a black kid in a hoodie, RUN! I myself also wear hoodies on occasion. I'm certain no one feels threatened or unsafe when I walk by them.

Nathalie Flautat
Nathalie Flautat

Totally taken out of context and before making any comment just listen to the all interview.....

Ron E. Chits
Ron E. Chits

Joseph Bocchino...pulling stats out of your ass....yaaay

Ivette Ferrer
Ivette Ferrer

I think this is taken out of context....what else is new?

Amber Parker
Amber Parker

I can't wait until Jesus comes back. The world is out of control. I love my kids but I hate the are growing up in this world....smh

Harry Tighten UP Taylor
Harry Tighten UP Taylor

If I was walking on the street here in miami I'd expect someone to try and take something from. White, black, yellow, brown, pink......its a big city. If you grew up in a big city you'd know this, if not, kinda common sense.

Freddy Rodriguez
Freddy Rodriguez

See Steven a smiths comments on the issue of espn, right on the money

Jefferson Moran
Jefferson Moran

Watch the interview people before you all start bashing.

David Sarnoff
David Sarnoff

Criminals wear hoodies to hide their facial identities with a hoodie. U see this all the time. Just watch the local TV evening news.

David Sarnoff
David Sarnoff

Trayvon Martin wud probably be alive if he hadn't been wearing the black gangster uniform - a hoodie.

Abby Drake
Abby Drake

So whats the big deal? Wouldn't trayvon be alive if this is what George Zimmerman had done?

Gregory Reno
Gregory Reno

Hey new times read the comments on this post...who ever wrote this will never get a better gig than the mediocre "new times"..and the editor sucks for letting this story and headline be twisted as well as being taken out of context and manipulating #markcubans quote and words....take some classes "intro to journalism" or "beginners journalism" at miami dade community college or whatever its called Must be inspired by fox news..

Roxana Gosney
Roxana Gosney

Come on he is a big Guy scared like a little girl

Nigel Nmnm
Nigel Nmnm

I wouldn't cross the street. I'd try unsolicited face petting first and see what happens.

Andy Gonzalez
Andy Gonzalez

Honestly this is the most pathetic headline I've ever read. It was taken completely out of context. This site is becoming a POS real quickly.

J Panzer Rivero
J Panzer Rivero

Hey guess what. ..me too. I will walk to the other side of the street. ..lol

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aminabakerelu

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Jason Winburn
Jason Winburn

Why can't people speak their mind without the media whining like a little.....

Gregory Reno
Gregory Reno

You didnt finish his quote....good job twisting his words to make it sound more of a story# #shamefulmedia

Joseph Bocchino
Joseph Bocchino

we like to make problems more then what they are. we want to blame others for our own mistakes. solution is very simple, stay in school, get your education, put your education to use. nothing more then that. lets stop all the other bullshit, finger pointing and what happened 300 years ago when none of us were here.

Joseph Bocchino
Joseph Bocchino

if people don't want to hear it then stop committing crimes...period. very simple

Joseph Bocchino
Joseph Bocchino

the truth hurts our society. facts are facts. crime stats are crime stats. 85% of all crime against whites are by people of color. its not racism its just fact.

Jorge Rojas
Jorge Rojas

Why can't these morons keep there opinions private ? Does he have to sell his team now ? Lmao

Reza Afsari
Reza Afsari

The best is to have a hoodie on either side of the sidewalks that way Cuban gets hit by car walking in the middle of the street.

Laz Rodriguez
Laz Rodriguez

I'm still alive I walked passed like 10 black people today

Steve L. Romero
Steve L. Romero

Same media that would probably do the same as individuals if they were under the same EXACT circumstances as Cuban described. And yes the rest of the statement and ENTIRE speech is missing. Very low tabloid quality journalism.

Kurt Fedee
Kurt Fedee

Once again the media trying to stir up controversy! They also missed the part when he said if there was a bold white guy he would cross the street too. I guess for the sake of time they forgot that part.

Erick Veizaga
Erick Veizaga

WoW new times ! This is low even for you .... Tis Tis !

Joe Kaplan
Joe Kaplan

Just another example of the media trying to throw someone to the ground for their own personal benefit. Mark Cuban is far from perfect, but you just totally took something he said so far out of context that you should be fired for this Tim Elfrink.

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