Dallas Mavericks owner and venture capitalist Mark Cuban did not hold back when addressing a comment from Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green. Green has issue with the term “owner,” inferring it has a racist connotation to it.
“For starters, let’s stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman,” he wrote in a post on Instagram. “To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset.”
He was reacting to reports of Houston Texans owner Bob McNair saying they cannot allow NFL players who protest the national anthem to dictate team policy: “We can’t have inmates running the prison.”
Cuban fired back at Green’s accusation of the title of “owner,” saying he owes NBA team owners an apology.
“For him to try to turn it into something it’s not is wrong,” Cuban told ESPN. “He owes the NBA an apology. I think he does, because to try to create some connotation that owning equity in a company that you busted your ass for is the equivalent of ownership in terms of people, that’s just wrong. That’s just wrong in every which way.”
Cuban then turned the table on Green and asked since he was so interested in investing in Silicon Valley companies, what would Green call himself if he did follow through in buying a company.
“We own equity. We don’t own people,” Cuban said. “And there’s a big difference. This is a country where we have corporations, and you put up your money and buy equity.”
Cuban added that since Green went to Michigan State, that probably explains why he doesn’t understand how business works: “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.”