“Dear Mavs fans,” Cuban wrote. “When is an apology not an apology? When you didn't write it yourself. Next.”
Cuban spent the rest of the two messages praising newest Mavericks acquisition Zaza Pachulia, who is effectively Jordan's replacement after arriving in a trade with Milwaukee on Thursday. He compared Pachulia' ability to hit 15-foot pick-and-pop jumpers to that of longtime Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki.
“I want to publicly apologize to one of the best owners in the world @MCuban, the @DallasMavs and their fans,” Jordan wrote Friday. “I am humbled by @DallasMavs & @MCuban kindness and understanding. I am sorry to have a change of heart.”
Jordan had taken to Twitter to apologize after Cuban released an initial series of messages via Cyber Dust, the smartphone messaging app he created and owns. Cuban explained his side of the story in response to reports from ESPN's Chris Broussard that he had been in a frenzy, driving around and searching for Jordan's Houston home on Tuesday, where the center was reportedly meeting with the Clippers. In that set of messages, Cuban wrote that Jordan had told him he was “on a date” over texts that day.
Cuban's latest messages, via ESPN's Tim MacMahon, are below.
- Jeremy Woo