ESPN sports analyst Stephen A. Smith has stepped forward to speak out and defend Mavericks owner Mark Cuban after alluding to slain teenager Trayvon Martin in a recent press conference. #Facts
In Smith’s opinion, too many people are being one-sided and not fully paying attention to what Cuban meant.
“Yes he spoke about hoodies and how if he saw a black individual with a hoodie he’d walk across the street because hes uncomfortable with that imagery … obviously, he also alluded to a white individual with tattoos all over his body, his face and his head, he’d walk back to the other side of the street. So if you’re gonna have a problem with what he said about the black person with the hoodie on, then you gotta have a problem with the white person he alluded to with tattoos all over.” (TMZ)
He also dismissed the notion of having any problems with Cuban’s dicey comments.
“I’m sorry, I don’t see a problem with that whatsoever. I don’t think there’s any ethnic group in America that should take issue with it as a personal affront to them as if he was isolating them or talking about them. He was simply being honest, forthcoming and very open about some of the fears and prejudices that he may have.” (TMZ)
Cuban jumped onto his Twitter page to address the masses a few days ago.
“P/1: In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.,” Cuban tweeted May 22.
“P/2: beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview.”
“P/3: I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand,”
“P/4: and helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries”
“P/5: we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control, that it’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it” (Mark Cuban’s Twitter)
Details of what Cuban said surfaced across the Internet Thursday (May 22).
“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.” (Statement)