By Erene Abdelmeseeh
By Erene Abdelmeseeh
After all the praise he’s receiving on the Dallas Maverick’s official website for being a positive attribute to the team, most would assume that Mark Cuban would be able to conduct himself in a professional manner.
Cuban is a self-made billionaire entrepreneur who gained his wealth by selling his computer-consulting firm MicroSolutions and his live-streaming Internet operation Broadcast.com to Compuserve and Yahoo!
Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks in January 2000 and has since become well known for his angry outbursts.
For someone who seems to be so intelligent, many would expect that he would at least be able to express himself in less dramatic ways.
His inability to keep himself composed after losses has caused him to be penalized in the past and will continue to in the future.
During the 2006 NBA Finals, Cuban was outraged after the Mavericks were defeated by the Miami Heat in game five.
Cuban was unashamed as he ran out onto the court and began shouting profanities at David Stern, the NBA’s commissioner.
Cuban was quoted saying, “(Bleep) you! (Bleep) you! Your league is rigged!”
He was then fined $250,000 by the NBA for “several acts of misconduct.”
Cuban was not fazed though; he does have enough money to buy practically anything he wants.
Many defended Cuban saying that the “pressure” got to him, but really, he has owned the team for almost 10 years now.
He should be able to handle the pressure, or at least learn to release his aggressions in proper ways and keep his comments to himself.
All of the coaches are able to keep themselves composed during the games, so why does Cuban feel he has the right to do and say whatever he desires?
Cuban has not learned from his previous mistake and continues to angrily express himself during games he feels are “rigged.”
Recently, Denver Nuggets’ forward Kenyon Martin was offended when he found out that his mother, Lydia Moore, had become the target of Cuban’s remarks.
The Mavericks’ fans were upset when their team lost at home to the Nuggets during game three of the playoff series and began yelling that all of the Nuggets’ players are “punks” and “thugs.”
Unprovoked, Cuban proceeded to Moore and, according to his blog, said, “That includes your son.”
Martin’s agent, Brian Dyke, said that Cuban’s actually comment was, “Your son is a punk.”
No matter how his negative remark was phrased, Cuban was wrong to comment and was disrespectful to Martin and his mother.
He should have just walked off the court and focused on lifting the spirits of his team so they would not feel so down and continue their drive toward the finals with high hopes.
Cuban apologized to Martin’s mother on his blog saying, “I shouldn’t have said anything. Now, the reality is that this has gotten out of hand.”
Like many, Martin is not Cuban’s biggest fan and does not seem to have accepted Cuban’s apology.
Cuban went on to write, “When tempers and such start impacting the fan experience both in Dallas and in Denver…that’s not what I want for Mav or Nuggets fans. No one takes more abuse and gets more threats on the road than I do. So I know exactly how it feels.”
If Cuban’s apology were sincere then people wouldn’t be wondering what his next outburst will be.
He has not shown any sign of change as he continues to carry himself in an inappropriate manner.
Maybe Cuban feels as though he needs to defend his masculinity, but if that is the case then he should really find opponents of the same stature, not weak people like Stern or Moore
Cuban may have been able to improve the Mavericks through his drive and commitment to the team, but his unrespectable outbreaks are not going to get his team very far.
The referees are still going to make the same calls whether or not Cuban agrees with them.
If Cuban wants the Mavericks to succeed, he needs to focus more on strengthening the team’s weaknesses.
Investing in anger management classes wouldn’t be a bad idea either.