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NBA Team Owner Mark Cuban: "We All Have Our Prejudices And Bigotries"

The Dallas Mavericks owner addressed bigotry in the wake of disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist comments. Cuban revealed some prejudices of his own, leading to an apology.

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"We've come a long way and with that progress comes price. Where we're a lot more vigilant ... And a lot less tolerant of different views. And it's not necessarily easy for everybody to adapt or to adapt and evolve; we're all prejudiced in one way or another."

However, it was this quote from Cuban's interview with Inc. that required the NBA owner to take to Twitter to apologize and clarify his statements:

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The Full Quote: "If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it's late at night, I'm walking to the other side of the street.

And if on that side of the street, there's a guy that has tattoos all over his face, white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere -- I'm walking back to the other side of the street.

And the list goes on of, of stereotypes that we all live up to and, and are fearful of."

Cuban later apologized and attempted to clarify his remarks on Twitter:

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.

Mark Cuban@mcuban

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.

2:10 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

P/2: beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview.

Mark Cuban@mcuban

P/2: beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview.

5:12 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

P/3: I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand,

Mark Cuban@mcuban

P/3: I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand,

5:17 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

P/4: and helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries

Mark Cuban@mcuban

P/4: and helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries

5:18 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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@mcuban

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

5:19 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

You can find the rest of my interview here http://t.co/WjGQYOw6Bz

Mark Cuban@mcuban

You can find the rest of my interview here http://t.co/WjGQYOw6Bz

5:23 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

According to the Associated Press, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat cringed when shown the Cuban interview and said, "It's just a sensitive time."

Cuban's comments come as the NBA is attempting to navigate through the Donald Sterling saga where the league charges that Sterling's "actions and positions significantly undermine the NBA's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion."

BuzzFeed has reached out for comment from the NBA and will update this post if one is received.

Here is the full segment of Mark Cuban's interview about racism and bigotry with Inc.

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