Mark Cuban said Draymond Green "owes the NBA an apology."
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green "owes the NBA an apology" after Green criticized the use of "owner" in sports, reports ESPN.
Green posted on Instagram last week in response to Houston Texans owner Bob McNair's comment "We can't have inmates running the prison."
More than 40 Texans kneeled in protest in response, but Green wrote "For starters, let's stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman. To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset."
Wow! This sure does sound very Donald Sterling-esque. But I'm sure the fans pay to see him play and he's putting himself at risk of CTE by going out there every Sunday and giving 110%! Inmates? For starters, let's stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman. To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset. Webster states that an inmate is a person confined to an institution such as a prison or hospital. Not sure these tax paying men should be referred to as inmates- but what do I know?
Cuban told ESPN that McNair's comments were wrong, but that Green turned the situation into something it wasn't.
"For him to try to turn it into something it's not is wrong," Cuban told ESPN. "He owes the NBA an apology. I think he does, because to try to create some connotation that owning equity in a company that you busted your ass for is the equivalent of ownership in terms of people, that's just wrong. That's just wrong in every which way."
He went on to say that, "We own equity. We don't own people. And there's a big difference. This is a country where we have corporations, and you put up your money and buy equity. E-Q-U-I-T-Y. It translates into shares of stock. People who bust their ass and work hard and get a little bit lucky have enough money to buy enough shares of stock to buy a company."