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Friday, March 9, 2012
Mark Cuban sorry for comment

ESPN.com

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban issued a statement on his blog Friday, calling a remark he made at a sports conference in Boston "totally sophomoric" and insisting "I wasn't trying to be hurtful."

Cuban was engaged in a one-on-one discussion with Grantland.com's Bill Simmons at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The subject turned to the "kiss cam," which is shown on video boards in many NBA arenas. Simmons has said he likes it. Cuban, after saying he liked the kiss cam better than the wave, told Simmons: "That's because you and your boyfriend are always on it."

He immediately added "or his girlfriend, this is gender-independent commentary."

Cuban explained on his blog: "I quickly realized it and tried to fix it. I hoped at the time I didn't offend anyone."

Cuban's original comment came in front of a crowd of 1,000 at the close of the two-day conference in Boston.

Cuban's blog post -- titled "Am I A Homophobe?" -- went on to say: "I guess what I am doing is admitting that at some level I am prejudiced and that I recognize that I am . There are a lot of things in my life that I need to improve at. This is one of them. Sometimes I make stupid throw away comments that I quickly realize are wrong. It doesn't happen often, but it happens. It was a mistake and I realized it. I learned from it."

The exchange was reported in the Boston Phoenix earlier this week and was picked up by several websites on Friday. It was not part of the Grantland.com podcast of the exchange.

"'The B.S. Report' podcasts are routinely edited and it was decided to drop those remarks out of the posted podcast," ESPN said in a statement.