Just because Mark Cuban recently said that he thinks the NBA will soon have an openly gay basketball player, doesn’t mean he’s above making a stupid gay joke.
Per the Boston Phoenix—and a thoughtful piece on Yahoo! Sports—Cuban, the gazillionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, did just that during a live ESPN podcast with Grantland.com editor-in-chief Bill Simmons, who is straight.
When talk between the two men turned to the sports world’s famous “Kiss Cam,” Simmons said, “I like the Kiss Cam.”
Cuban eloquently retorted “That’s because you and your boyfriend are always on it.”
But when the podcast for The B.S. Report was later uploaded, Cuban’s comment had been snipped. It’s not clear whether ESPN was trying to protect Cuban’s image or if Cuban had asked that the remark be cut.
Friday afternoon Cuban tweeted “Am I a Homophobe?” and included a link to a blog post he wrote explaining that he was “just trying to be funny.”
What do you think, sports fans? Was Cuban just taking an immature jab at a colleague or was his censored comment proof he’s a serious homophobe? Take a shot in the comments.
Image via Danny Bollinger.