Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apologized to Travyon Martin’s family on Thursday for remarks he made on race and profiling in a recent interview.
“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,” he said in an interview with Inc. magazine.
The remarks were met with outrage online as many perceived the “black kid in a hoodie” to be a reference to Florida teen Travyon Martin, who was shot and killed wearing a hoodie.
Cuban apologized late Thursday to the Martin family, but stood by the substance of his remarks.
“I know that I’m not perfect,” Cuban said in the original Inc. interview. “While we all have our prejudices and bigotries, 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, not just to kick the problem down the road.”
Cuban was asked about race because he recently spoke out against Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist rant to his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, saying his remarks were “obviously racist,” but initially said that forcing Sterling to sell his team was a “slippery slope.”