Mark Cuban Apologizes To Trayvon Martin’s Family For ‘Hoodie’ Comment

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apologized to Trayvon Martin’s family on Thursday for a comment he made about a “black kid in a hoodie” in remarks about prejudice.

Cuban was interviewed Wednesday at a conference in Nashville, Tenn. and explained that like embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, he too can have bigoted thoughts.

“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,” he said. “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.”

The billionaire entrepreneur tweeted Thursday that he “should have used different examples” and offered his apology to the Martin family for the hoodie comment. Beyond that apology, Cuban tweeted that he stood by his remarks.

Martin was the black Florida teenager who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012. The hoodie Martin wore the night he was killed later became a symbol for those who demanded Zimmerman be brought to justice.

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