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Mark Cuban Has No Respect for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2009

Mark Cuban, Kenyon Martin

Mark Cuban Photo Credit: Icon SMI

Shortly before Denver’s failed bid to complete a sweep of the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semis on Monday (ahem, late whistle) the Denver Post added a rather interesting, unsavory twist to the burgeoning rivalry. The Post’s Chris Dempsey reported that Mr. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, had been seated in the vicinity of Nuggets power forward Kenyon Martin’s mother at Game Three. From The Post:

According to Cuban, a fan called the Nuggets “thugs” after Game 3 and he turned to Martin’s mother, Lydia Moore, and said, “That includes your son.” Martin’s agent, Brian Dyke, said Cuban told Martin’s mother “Your son is a punk.”

Your son is a punk. Classy.

Really, Mark? On the eve of Mother’s Day? It’s just an accusation at this point, but if true it represents a low point for the hyperactive billionaire owner and popular blogger.

Mr. Martin wasn’t pleased, to put it mildly. He promised to “take care of it,” among other things:

“I don’t feel I need to call his name in the media and all that, but it’s a little personal,” Martin said after the Nuggets shootaround today. “And I’m going to take care of it.”

. . .

“(Heck) yeah, don’t say nothing to my kids or my family,” Martin said. “If you got something to say, say it to me. But I’m going to take care of it. I’m not going to do the whole media thing, back and forth. That’s his thing. I’m more of a face-to-face type of dude.”

“So whenever the opportunity presents itself, then I will address it. But I got a game to go win. At some point I will, but I got a game to go win, first and foremost. So that’s my focus and concentration right now.”

You can hardly blame Martin for the strong words, he certainly believes he and his family have been affronted, although you have to wonder if the not-so-vaguely threatening remarks will draw some kind of action from the league office. You would hate to see Cuban actually getting under his skin and having a negative impact on the Nuggets’ playoff run, but suggesting you’re going to “take care of it” and are “more of a face-to-face type of dude” probably isn’t going to sit well with renowned fuddy duddy David Stern.

Martin’s play has been somewhat thuggish this postseason, but I have to say that I have no problem with it. This is playoff basketball, where aggressiveness, toughness, assertiveness and balls are to be rewarded. We have referees to make sure things don’t get out of hand and that rules transgressions are punished accordingly (even overzealously, in some cases). Let them do their job, they’ve been more than capable of taking care of it thus far. I also understand that Mr. Cuban is upset that his team hasn’t been able to display a lick of aggressiveness, toughness, assertiveness or balls. But leave the man’s mother alone. That’s out of line.

In the words of Chris Webber, “I just hope he apologizes.”

**UPDATE** And it appears that Mr. Cuban has, indeed, issued an apology to K-Mart and his mother on Blog Maverick. Of course, in true Cuban style, it doesn’t come without not one but two mentions of “when the series comes back to Dallas.” Guess he’s feeling pretty good about his team’s narrow two-point win Monday night to stave off elimination.

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6 Comments »Posted by Andrew Thell on May. 12, 2009 at 12:53 am in NBA, NBA Fantasy News

6 Responses

both cuban and martin are assholes – so it’s tough to take sides in this one…

Posted by: Dale D. on May 12th, 2009 at 11:53 am

Cuban instigates this kind of BS too often for me to take him at his word that he’s sorry. He’s only sorry it was reported. His apology *this time* is prefaced by saying that things are getting out of control and “It started as a smart ass comment that I know that no one heard. How do I know, because there was a reporter right there next to me, as well as other people who saw the whole thing and didnt hear a word of it.”

Yeah, similar to when he called Tim Duncan a crybaby or when he dissed San Antonio’s River Walk. And everything else he’s done to stir sh*t everywhere his team plays.

If Cuban is really tired of the crazy noxious stuff that happens between fans of teams, he might trying shutting the hell up instead of flapping his lips and dissing everyone. He’s in no position to offer solutions because he’s been so much of the problem. He’s made himself the poster child for bad sportsmanship, and his ownership of the Dallas Mavericks is an embarrassment to the NBA.

Posted by: lucky on May 12th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Oh, come on. Do you really expect him to say ‘IF the series comes back to Dallas’?

He’s the owner, he has to project confidence.

Posted by: JB on May 12th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Cuban is a pain in the butt. His over Ego is one of the reasons he’ll never be a baseball team owner. A THUG with money. Classless out of control ass. There are reasons the SEC is investigating this thug, but money always walks.

You can’t buy class. Here’s hoping your wife has her baby with her when she gets the same treatment.

Posted by: David D on May 12th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

“You can’t buy class. Here’s hoping your wife has her baby with her when she gets the same treatment.”

Why would it matter to him? With any luck, it’s not his baby anyway!
Always a sideshow, never the show, Dennis Rodman said it best (just before he was kicked outta Dallas) Cuban needs to stop being the crazy fanboy and just be a silent owner,lol….
Apologize in a blog…wtf! real man!

Posted by: mark on May 15th, 2009 at 3:02 am

Cuban’s apology seems authentic to me….

Posted by: Paydex on May 19th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

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