As previously reported, Draymond Green took to Instagram earlier this week to express his disgust with Houston Texans’ owner, Bob McNair as well as his disagreement with the term owner. Mark Cuban saw these comments and took exception to Draymond’s criticism of the word owner.
Cuban agrees that McNair’s comments were wrong, but says that Draymond owes the NBA an apology for turning this into “something it’s not.” Cuban then digs into Green, stating:
Don’t try to suggest that because we have a team and the nomenclature is ‘owners’ because we own shares of stock, own equity, that it’s analogous to slavery. That’s just as bad [as Texans owner Bob McNair’s comment].
Cuban made a good point about how the name owner indicates they own stocks and not individual players, but he blew it up by comparing Draymond’s comments to McNair’s, and then made matters worse when he went on to insult Draymond’s education. Cuban said:
Draymond can trash-talk on the court, but when he comes into our world, it doesn’t fly. … I guess it’s because he went to Michigan State and didn’t take any business classes, but you own equity. When you own a team, you own equity, shares of stock. That’s called ownership. Tell him if he wants to take classes at Indiana’s business school, I’ll even pay for his classes and we’ll help him learn that stuff.
This is essentially the same mentality as McNair. Cuban is saying that Draymond can talk all the trash he wants to his peers, but he better stay in his place and not talk negatively about ownership. Cuban then says he’ll pay for Draymond to take business classes so he can “learn that stuff,” which is also very insulting to Draymond. Cuban has always been outspoken, but he needs to understand the situation here. In this case he is discussing how another owner was wrong for his comments on players, but then goes on to insult a player, he is very hypocritical here.
Draymond was asked for his opinion on Cuban’s comments and declined to comment.