Kenyon Martin Should Be Suspended After Making Profanity-Filled Homophobic Slur Towards Mark Cuban: Video
Much has been made of the interactions between Mark Cuban, Kenyon Martin, and Kenyon Martin’s mom during the series between the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets.
Mark Cuban said to Kenyon Martin’s mom that her son is a “thug.” Certainly not one of Cuban’s finer moments, and definitely something that he should apologize for and be reprimanded for by the league. Cuban did in fact issue an apology on his blog this morning.
So how does Kenyon respond to Cuban’s comment? By pretty much proving Mark Cuban right.
Following last night’s win by the Mavericks over the Nuggets, cameras caught Kenyon Martin unleashing a tirade toward the Mavs owner.
Martin walked off the court yelling to Cuban, “You better walk that way. You better walk that way you faggot motherfucker. You gotta come to Denver bitch.”
Cuban laughed off the incident while high-fiving courtside fans, but the NBA should not be so forgiving.
If the NBA truly expects players to set a positive example on and off the court, then Kenyon Martin should be suspended. Between the homophobic slur, the profanity, and the threats toward Mark Cuban, there is enough there to warrant punishment. A suspension would send a very strong message, but even just a fine would also have an impact.
Since the Ron Artest Melee, the league has looked to clean up its image. How does it look now to have a player threatening an owner in this way? Slurs like that should not be tolerated. Yes, the threat was prompted by an initial remark from Cuban, but the response was certainly not equal. If an NBA player shouted a racial slur toward another and it was caught on camera, you can be certain that player would be punished. It should be the same for slurs about someone’s sexuality.
What’s interesting is that prior to the game, Martin had talked about how he was going to handle the situation.
“I don’t feel I need to call his name in the media and all that, but it’s a little personal,” Martin said. “And I’m going to take care of it.”
Martin continued, “(Heck) yeah, don’t say nothing to my kids or my family. 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.”
So on one hand, Martin says through the media that he wants to address things face-to-face, but on the other hand, he’s telling Cuban he’d better walk the other way.
Mark Cuban manned up and apologized to Kenyon Martin and his mom. Now it’s time for Martin to do the same after the things he said last night.
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