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Dear Mark: Stop acting like an idiot

Posted on: May 12, 2009 7:59 am
After witnessing the deplorable, embarrassing scene in his arena Monday night -- in which some Mavs fans did their best Mark Cuban impersonation -- Cuban had no choice. He had to issue an apology to Kenyon Martin for pointing and shouting at K-Mart's mother as he left the court after the controversial ending in Game 3.

Cuban's version -- and no one else has offered a credible one -- is that someone shouted that the Nuggets were "thugs" after Carmelo Anthony evaded a foul attempt by Antoine Wright and hit the deciding 3-pointer on Saturday. As Cuban stormed into the tunnel, he admits that he pointed to Martin's mother and said, "That includes your son."

Martin, of course, was furious, saying before Game 4 Monday night that he planned to meet "face-to-face" with Cuban.

"It's a little personal, and I'm going to take care of it," Martin said. "I'm not going to do the whole media thing, back and forth. That's his thing. I'm more of a face-to-face type of dude."

After some of Martin's family members were harassed at the game -- won in dramatic fashion by the Mavs -- Cuban decided to issue an apology to Martin in his blog. That's great. It was the right thing to do. Cuban also invited Martin's family to watch Game 6 -- if the series returns to Dallas -- in his suite with his family. If that wasn't acceptable, Cuban offered to give them their own suite.

A noble gesture. Just wondering, though. If Mavs fans hadn't acted like such jackasses Monday night, would Cuban still have felt compelled to apologize? Was he sincerely apologizing for his actions, or did he feel as though he had no choice but to apologize for the boneheaded fans who decided to act like him?

"When tempers and such start impacting the fan experience both in Dallas and Denver, and it requires special security, that's not what I want for Mavs or Nuggets fans," Cuban wrote. "No one takes more abuse and gets more threats on the road than I do. So I know exactly how it feels. I’ve also had my family and friends spit on at games in this series. So I know how unpleasant that is as well. It’s a dirty secret that all arenas need to do a better job of protection for visiting team fans, particularly during the playoffs. So at this point I would like to apologize to you and your mom, KMart, for my comment. I should have not said anything and I was wrong. Hopefully you will accept the apology and we can move on."

Cuban added, "We tried to have enough additional security for them tonight as well, but I know your family and friends didn’t feel as comfortable as they should. I apologize for that as well. This arena is my responsibility, we could and should do a better job."

That's all well and good. I just find it interesting that, while everyone -- including Cuban, apparently -- remains so quick to apply the "thug" label to NBA players, sometimes the real thugs and jackasses are the people sitting in the stands.

Cuban was right about one thing. As these playoff games get more and more heated and emotional, the NBA needs to make sure that its teams do whatever it takes to keep the responsible spectators safe from the knuckleheads. They need to make sure the players and their families, who sit in such proximity to the garden variety idiots, are not in harm's way. To this point, the most embarrassing and disgraceful moment in NBA history came when Ron Artest charged into the stands to retaliate against a fan who'd thrown a beer at him. If more attention isn't devoted to the issue of arena safety -- especially at a time when revenues and non-player payrolls are shrinking -- the next black mark on the NBA is going to be a player or his family being harmed in a visiting arena.

So I'm glad Cuban apologized and it's good that he put the spotlight on the issue of arena safety. Now if he wouldn't mind setting a better example for how fans are supposed to act, that would be even better. We expect boorish behavior from Joe Sixpack with a 12-pack in his belly. From a college-educated billionaire who has done a lot of good things for society, I don't think it's asking too much to expect a little more.

Category: NBA

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2009 2:10 pm

"By Accident"?

Apparently, this comment was written by an economic illiterate while he was standing in the unemployment line.  And the reason he's in the unemployment line is bad luck.  Just like Mark Cuban was just dumb lucky that he happened to stumble across the concept of the software, and dumb lucky that someone paid him a couple of $billion for it.  I'm sure no brains, talent, hard work, or perserverance we're involved in Cuban's success; just as I'm sure that there's no envy, laziness, or stupidity behind PHADE2BLAQ's irrational diatribe expressing his resentment of that success.

And I don't even care much for Cuban.

Since: May 13, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2009 11:27 am

Dear Mark: Stop acting like an idiot

The REAL problem with major league (and big-time college) games in general is not just that player's families are endangered, but that the average fan (home OR away) has to put up with thuggish, boorish, OBSCENE behavior from drunken louts who have made it so you can't bring your family to a game any more.   

These arena/stadium owners would rather have the alcohol sales income, I suppose, than the merchandise sales from families. It is definitely a shame.  In fact, SHAMEFUL. 

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2009 10:27 am

Dear Mark: Stop acting like an idiot

 If Mavs fans hadn't acted like such jackasses Monday nightHey Berger - I expected more from you than this. How about some real journalism here instead of getting on your soapbox? All you needed to do in contact Galloway from ESPN radio to get the Dallas side of the story. Or how about questioning any fans around the area.

Just because Denver wants to try and save face in this situation, doesnt mean they have the only side of the story there pal.

I do not condone Cubans actions... I agree with your points in the story regarding that. But before you start getting everyone worked up and condeming Dallas fans... maybe you need to stop and ask yourself if there is another side.

Just a suggestion. I would hate to see you run down the same path that other crappy writers do. Because I like your work.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2009 10:00 am

Dear Mark: Stop acting like an idiot

LUcky guy guy who invented a 2 BILLION DOLLAR company

Umm No

He is a creative talented computer dork who now has the luxury to do what he has always wanted.  It wasnt luck, It was hard work and know how that made him a rich man, lets get that straight right off the bat.

Now, as far as a crybaby....yeah he acts like one a lot.  ALthough some of the stuff he has said about refereeing is right on point.

He is no different than a lot of people who are fans of sports, well no different in how he acts.....

He couldnt cut it on dancing with the stars thats for sure.......


Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2009 11:25 pm

Dear Mark: Stop acting like an idiot

It's amazing that your response to the article about this incident doesn't mention THIS incident.  He shouldn't be yelling at any opposing fans, period.  Not opposing fans who are yelling at him, not opposing fans who are sitting in their seats minding their own business, and certainly not opposing player's families.  Comparing Kenyon Martin, who has a reputation for being a hard nosed, tough defender not afraid to give a tough foul, and Ron Artest, who has a reputation of being a professional jerk is inconceivable.  What you've posted doesn't address the incident at hand, at all.

It doesn't matter if he insulted her or not, he shouldn't have been yelling ANYTHING at her, period.  Cuban is the only thug in this incident.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2009 11:20 pm

Dear Mark: Stop acting like an idiot

Mark Cuban is a prime example of super rich people who happen to be crybabies ! Here's a guy who got lucky invented an internet radio company ( them sold it to yahoo for $2 billion dollars instantly becoming a billionaire by accident ! He then proceeds to buy the NBA's Dallas Mavericks (without any prior knowledge othe role an owner of a pro sports franchise should play) and attends games acting like a spoiled kid turned loose in a toy store. Dallas will never win an NBA ring simply because Cuban keeps putting his eggs in one basket namely the "Dirk Nowitzki" basket. Dirk, Erick Dampier and the rest of the Mavs do not have what it takes to dethrone Kobe and the Lakers and never will as long as Dirk keeps playing like a small forward.
I was right with you until the "dethrone Kobe and the Lakers" part.

I'm sorry, did "Kobe and the Lakers" win a title when I wasn't looking? Because "Kobe and the Lakers" haven't won a championship since it was "Shaq, Kobe, and the Lakers"....

Hell, they haven't even been the Western Conference representatives but once in the last four years...

The Mavs have only been trying to dethrone "Kobe and the Lakers" in the last two years. Let's get our LA perspective hat screwed on right, shall we?

Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2009 7:22 pm

Berger you are an idiot


If you had been at the game you would know that Carmello Anthony's girlfriend started the whole issue in the stands last night as she sat next to K Marts parents. I was right there in the same section a few rows up.

She was acting like an idiot first off and razzing the Dallas Fans. Then when one of them said something to her she threw her drink at them getting a lot of people wet. Then hell broke loss

So get your facts straight before you start saying the Dallas fans were harrassing and being rude. The were only inticed by Carmello's lovely girlfriend who by the way looked like she works at the Rhino on the weekend


Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2009 7:11 pm

Dear Mark: Stop acting like an idiot

First of all...Former Mavs Fan, I don't know where you were sitting or if you were even there at all because I was literally four rows behind "La La" and I saw the whole thing.  She and whoever she was with had two teenagers and their father kicked out of the game because they were cheering against Kenyon Martin.  The male she was with threatned to beat the kids up, yet somehow, they were the ones that were removed from the stadium.

Then, La La got pissed at the person that took the kids' place becuase the older lady bumped into La La while she was dancing.  So what did La La do?  She threw a beer on the old lady.  How is La La the victim here? 

Oh...and the racial slurs that she claims were being thrown at her?  They were completely non-existent.  Were people telling her to sit down?  Yes.  Because she was being obnoxious.  But at no point was anyone even close to racist towards her.  And at no point should she have felt threatened about anything.

I'm not saying that there weren't some fans that were out of control.  There was way too much of that there last night.  But it wasn't on just one side.  Regardless of what the media wants to tell you.

And speaking of the media, this was the worst article I have ever read.  While I agree with some of the points this guy is "trying" to make.  His condescending tone makes him no better and no smarter than Cuban.  I guaranty you that this dumb ass that wrote the article was not at the AAC last night.  But he has no hesitation about coming on here and acting like he knows everything.

CBS needs to seriously re-evaluate whether or not they want to continue to let jack asses like Ken Berger write articles for their otherwise very fine website.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2009 6:51 pm

Dear Mark: Stop acting like an idiot

Sure cuban is dumb for saying what he said but Martin, buddy what are u going to do face to face with cuban?You goin to kick a short fat white guys ass? LOL Kenyon MArtin thinks he is mr tough thug guy.... One thing I know about being strong or more powerfull then the next guy is that there is always someone tougher the real thugs know this..Kenyon you have no idea what that life is like and stop pretending... oh ya Cuban your not a player stop pretending aswell.. both parties are a joke..... So cuban if your going to call kenyon a thug do your research lol...

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2009 6:39 pm

Dear Mark: Stop acting like an idiot

Just because this dude is a billionaire he is supposed to stop acting like a fan?  He is keeping it real, and I applaud him for it.  If he was Joe Blow nothing would be said about it, and his apology and offer went way above what the jacka$$e
's family would have gotten from me.  And the moron who started the comments who said he was an "accidental" billionaire, that is idiotic beyond compare.  Everyone on this board would love to be that kind of "acciddent".

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