Last week, we noted that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he was hit by a projectile during Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers in the Rose Garden.
The Portland Tribune sought more details regarding the incident from Cuban in a pre-game interview before Game 5 but all the paper received was a string of profanities. The newspaper's writer, Kerry Eggers, notes that Cuban delivered the profanity "with a wild look in his eyes."
“What the (expletive) does it matter?” he asked. “Does it make a damn bit of difference at this point?”
“Well, I …” I began.
“Does it make a damn bit of difference at this point?” Cuban repeated.
“You sound irritated by it,” I said.
“Yeah, because it’s a dumb-ass question,” he said. “What’s the point of bringing it up? Are you going to go find somebody? Are you going to hunt the person down? … Ask me a real question.”Eggers notes that Cuban later apologized, explaining that he was tired of the same recycled questions.
“It’s just the same ol’ (expletive) over and over,” he said. “The same thing comes up, the same bit of (expletive). So I apologize for being a jerk, but at least have some respect. Not repetitive, asking the same stuff over and over. That stuff’s been asked 50 times.”Cuban has made no secret of his disdain for the media recently, comparing internet reporters to heroin junkies and threatening to revoke access to his team.
Whether or not Cuban has a point about the repetitious nature of questions, it goes without saying that this was not the proper response. Playing the "respect" card minutes after telling someone they just asked you a "dumb-ass question"? Right.
It's disorienting to watch a man who is so quick to hold the media accountable for their actions be so unaccountable for his own.