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Mark Cuban: Sterling Abhorrent, but Kicking Him Out Is ‘Slippery Slope’

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban weighed in on the Donald Sterling controversy before a game Monday. He made it absolutely clear that he finds Sterling’s racist rant “abhorrent” and believes that Sterling should face the maximum fine, declining to comment further on how much more Sterling should be punished and leaving that decision to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

Cuban repeatedly said there’s “no excuse” for what Sterling said. However, speaking as an owner himself, he doesn’t like the idea of owners being kicked out for speaking out on anything, even if what they said is beyond abhorrent and wrong.

“I think there’s a constitution for a reason, right? Because this is a very slippery slope,” Cuban said. “What Donald said was wrong. It was abhorrent. There’s no place for racism in the NBA, any business I’m associated with, and I don’t want to be associated with people who have that position.

“But at the same time, that’s a decision I make. I think you’ve got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It’s a very, very slippery slope.”

The NBA will address the controversy on Tuesday.

[h/t CBSDFW]
[photo via Keith Allison]

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