Mark Cuban could have been anywhere when he said it.
The Dallas Mavericks owner has made it perfectly clear over time that he is willing to say things others are not, willing to address issues others run from and willing to stand behind what he says even when the inevitable backlash comes.
He was in Nashville on Wednesday, though, when he addressed a conference at the Omni Hotel and addressed, among other things, the issue of race and the impact preconceived notions continue to have on it, which – at the very least – enhanced the local interest in his comments. Race, of course, is a hot topic in the NBA at the moment because of the firestorm surrounding disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
“I know I'm prejudiced and I know I'm bigoted in a lot of different ways,” Cuban said, according to the Tennessean. “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.”
Cuban said that even in a business as diverse as the NBA, racism and bigotry would persist because “There’s no law against stupid.”
He added, though, that he was in favor of the expression of ideas by those he considers less informed or unenlightened.
“I'm the one guy who says don't force the stupid people to be quiet — I want to know who the morons are,” he said.
In the big picture, it makes no difference where Cuban was when he made those, and other comments. In this golden age of information, news reaches every corner of the planet in a matter of minutes, if not seconds.
No doubt, however, he hoped to make some sort of small difference on an issue for which progress often has been slow. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t have said it.