Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, is the latest high-profile name to join the effort of Athlete Ally.
The group, founded by straight wrestler Hudson Taylor, announced today that Cuban has joined the advisory board of the organization dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports and in general.
Other board members include out pro soccer player Robbie Rogers and straight NFL player Brendon Ayanbadejo. Tennis stars Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and James Blake are also involved in the organization.
Cuban owns a team in a league that earlier this month, had its first active player come out publicly as gay – Jason Collins who played for the Washington Wizards last season.
‘It’s a new world,’ Cuban said in a statement. ‘Everyone should know that they can be themselves in sports. Leagues like the NBA, their teams and players have a great opportunity to set an example and spread a message to people who are either LGBT or straight that our culture should be celebrated for diversity and individual authenticity.’
Taylor is happy to have Cuban aboard who he said ‘is known for fearlessly speaking his mind on this issue.’
‘His vision and role with Athlete Ally go even deeper than that,’ he added. ‘As an advisory board member, Mark is helping to shape the course and impact of our organization. We’re grateful for Mark’s support and excited to learn from him.’