NBA owner apologizes for ‘boyfriend’ comment about a male reporter

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban lashes out at reporter

NBA owner apologizes for ‘boyfriend’ comment about a male reporter
10 March 2012

Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is in hot water due to an off color comment he made to a reporter.

According to Outsports, the owner of the reigning National Basketball Association champions, was on a podcast at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. He and reporter Bill Simmons had a disagreement over what is called 'Kiss Cam.'  Simmons, who is straight, is a fan of the video diversion during games. Cuban isn't.

'That’s because you and your boyfriend are always on it,' Cuban retorted.

Apparently there was an attmept to walk the phrase back, but it wasn't successful.

Cuban offered an explanation on his blog.

'I guess what I am doing is admitting that at some level I am prejudiced and that I recognize that I am,'  he wrote. 'There are a lot of things in my life that I need to improve at. This is one of them. Sometimes I make stupid throw away comments that I quickly realize are wrong. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens. It was a mistake and I realized it. I learned from it.'

Cuban has a history of getting in trouble with his words. The league has fined him approximately $1.7 million ever since he purchased the team in 2000.

Despite the track record, he has no history of uttering anti-gay comments. Late last year, he insisted there would be an out NBA player in three to flve years.

'I think there will be guys who'll come out of the closet and continue to play in the NBA and be accepted,' the owner said in an interview with TMZ.

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