Cuban May Not Vote Against Sterling

Published on 28-May-2014 by Stacey Mickles

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Cuban May Not Vote Against Sterling

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been in the news more than LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Cuban made some controversial comments about race last week that caught many off guard, but that may not be nothing if he doesn't back the NBA in ousting Sterling from the league.

Cuban said in a recent interview he hasn't decided yet if he'll support the NBA in voting against Sterling.

Here's the problem: If he doesn't vote against Sterling, how will his players react? I heard Colin Cowherd say this morning that he admires Cuban for taking a stance against the media for not supporting ousting Sterling.

What the media has to do with this, I have no idea. If Mark Cuban doesn't support the ousting of Sterling, it's not because he gives a damn about Donald Sterling, it's because he's trying to protect himself. 

Cuban has a big mouth, as you can tell, and he doesn't want to get in trouble if he says something stupid, as he normally does.

But if you play for Cuban, how would you feel if your owner supports this guy? Would you want to continue to play for him? I doubt it.

Mark Cuban can fool himself into believing he is supporting freedom of speech, but if he supports keeping Donald Sterling in the league, he looks like a hypocrite.

What player is going to want to play for a guy who contradicts himself? Not many. As beloved as he is by his players, he will lose their trust if he votes to keep Sterling in the league.

Mark Cuban needs to decide what's more important to him, his words or his actions. If Mark Cuban is willing to put his reputation on the line for this bigot, he is not as smart as we think he is.