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Mark Cuban

APOLOGIZES TO TRAYVON MARTIN'S FAMILY

5/22/2014 2:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mark Cuban has just issued an apology to the family of Trayvon Martin ... claiming he wasn't thinking to consider Martin's family when he mentioned a black person in a hoodie in a conversation about prejudice.

Cuban just tweeted, "In hindsight I should have used different examples.  I didn't consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that."

He added, "Beyond apologizing to the Martin family,  I stand by the words and substance of the interview."

Cuban is referring to the comments he made during an interview in Nashville where he said, "I know I'm prejudiced and I know I'm bigoted in a lot of different ways. If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I'll move to the other side of the street. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos, I'll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts; we all live in glass houses." For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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gprints    

This apology is hollow. Cuban really feels this way about every Black man wearjng a hoodie. Let's be clear...HE IS NOT SORRY FOR WHAT HE SAID. HE IS SORRY IT MAY HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON DALLAS MAVS TICKET SALES!!!

124 days ago
47.

Randy    

Mark Cubain is not a racist, He is just human. avoid trouble beforehand and always be aware of your surroundings and if your uncomfortable change it. people need to get over pretending nothing scares them and that nobody will do them harm. I get away from shady characters before any trouble starts so i guess i am a raciest also, even tho i have neighbors who are mexican and have a wife that is Black, who carries pepper spray with her at all times. There should be no reason a person has a gun unless they plan to use it and thats the problem i think. you never know if the person coming towards you has a weapon they plan to use on you or another person.

124 days ago
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mary collins finn    

I don't think this required any apology. He didn't single out any particular skin color to illustrate his thought processes…"black kid in a hoodie"…."white guy with shaved head and tattoos." Too much PCness here!

124 days ago
49.

NGAPLZ    

Yeah, sure... And Mark "Cuban" Chabenisky handling Donald "Sterling" Tokowitz with velvet gloves wasn't racially motivated either.

124 days ago
50.

speakMYbrain    

If I see a rich SNOB walking down the street I rob them.

124 days ago
51.

tgrfan42069    

so if someone gets robbed by a black guy wearing a hoodie..can he tell the cops they had on a hoodie or would that be offensive to trayvons family?

124 days ago
52.

jeebus chris    

His remarks weren't racist, and I he's right that we all have our own prejudices and bigotries. Part of it is just being street smart. He was just expressing honestly what most people are unwilling to. I thought the apology was classy.

124 days ago
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speakMYbrain    

Every since trayvon was killed EVERYBODY KNOWS what I black person in a hoodie means. He know wtf he was saying BUT if thats how he feels he ADMITTED it and thats better than hiding it. I don't think he is racist but he knew what he was saying.

124 days ago
54.

speakMYbrain    

*knew

124 days ago
55.

lucius    

Mary Collins Finn I see u focus on the lil things and not the point I can describ u in one word but I want.

124 days ago
56.

Brian    

If Mark Cuban sees a middle class person walking toward him he probably crosses the street too.

124 days ago
57.

Tessa    

Oh so ALL hoodies have been trademarked by Trayvon freakin Martin? Get over it. NO apologies.

124 days ago
58.

sickwitit    

If he keeps crossing the street at this rate he won't get mugged but hit by on going traffic.

124 days ago
59.

Rocking     

Mark Cuban knows how make money...just that..it's not a roll model to follow. Billionaire and very close to be in a mental institution soon !

124 days ago
60.

Texas45     

So,we should applaud this idiot for his transparency ?the part about what he said that bothered me was the fact that he would cross the street if he seen a black guy wearing a hoodie.Thats downright ignorant.We're talking about a person wearing clothing for God sake,a sweater.To add insult to injury he says he'd do the same thing thing if he seen a white guy with tattoos all over his body.So now a guy who looks like a Monster covered in tattoos is the same as a black guy wearing a ****ing sweater? Ignorant and alarming.

124 days ago
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