Tuesday Weisblog: A “Cuban” sandwich is on its way?

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

Last Saturday night, the Denver Nuggets captured a hard-fought, controversial decision over the Dallas Mavericks in a second-round, best-of-seven NBA playoff game. The result means the Mavericks are now down three games to none, virtually ending their season.

Anyone who is no stranger to sports knows who Mark Cuban is. Cuban is the owner of the Mavericks, a guy who tends to interject himself into the middle of things. (If you don’t know sports, you might remember him as the host of an “Apprentice” wanna-be show that didn’t last very long.)

Anyway, let’s just say Cuban took the loss hard. As he walked off the court, he noticed the mother of Denver’s Kenyon Martin in the stands. Her name is Lydia Moore, and apparently she and Cuban have engaged in some verbal jousting in the past.

Outraged Mavericks fans were yelling at the Nuggets players, calling them “thugs.” When Cuban saw Moore inKMart the stands, he yelled up to her, “That includes your son,” then later said, “Your son is a punk.”

For his part, Martin’s response was relatively calm in my opinion. “Don’t say nothing to my kids or my family,” he said. “If you got something to say, say it to me. But I’m going to take care of it. I’m not going to do the whole media thing, back and forth. That’s his thing. I’m more of a face-to-face type of dude. So whenever the opportunity presents itself, then I will address it. But I got a game to go win.

I don’t recall what’s happened in the past between Moore and Cuban, but ordinarily players’ mothers are not in the middle of things; you’d think that the opposing owner would have no clue that a woman in the stands is a player’s mother. So it could be that she has gone overboard in regard to Cuban.

But Cuban should have kept his pie-hole shut in this case, and if he could do it over, I bet he’d agree. He’s a very emotional guy who invests his heart and soul into his team. But he’s wrong, any way you slice it. You don’t verbally attack anyone’s mom.

Especially not on the day before Mother’s Day! Sorry, Mark, you don’t get a “Mulligan” on this one.


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