Monday, April 11th, 2011 at 11:30 am  |  9 responses

Mark Cuban Compares the Media to ‘Heroin Junkies’

Cuban’s crusade against reporters who dare to criticize his Mavericks team (and do so online) continues, as he appeared on CNN yesterday and likened these laptop-wielding people to drug fiends. Nice and classy as always, that Marky Mark. From USA Today: “Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, on CNN’s Reliable Sources show Sunday, elaborated on his blog post last week that he’s considering barring website reporters from the team’s locker room since ‘their goal is to quickly satisfy the immediate cravings of their reading audiences’ and that might not be in the Mavs’ own ‘best interests.’ Cuban then elaborated: ‘I don’t want to hand a heroin junkie the needle, and in this particular case, giving them locker room access is pretty much the same thing.’”

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  • JoeMaMa

    I love it. Reporters are envious gossip hounds who create bullsh*t stories, which causes locker room tension (read: trade scenarios), and they’ve also begun to inject way too much emotion into their stories. I don’t care if reporter X likes Garnett or hates Carmelo Anthony; GET OUT OF THE STORY. The less reporters, the better. I don’t need a soap opera to go with my basketball games.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.net Kevin

    Mark need to stop watching The Wire

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I agree, I have had experience being on the reporters side, and I hated it. Talking to guys that did not want to talk to me, asking leading questions. I felt like a cop.
    As closed minded as this sounds, I have no clue why some one would want to be a reporter.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Well, there is the writing. There is the chance to learn new things everyday. There is the opportunity to get access to things other folks are not allowed to know.
    Some of my fellow reporters have an insatiable need to know secrets. Others dreamed about writing about sports, or police or politics much of their childhoods.
    Actually, many organizations give junkies needles because they believe that’s the best way to encourage safe behavior and prevent more dangerous diseases from spreading.
    I’m guessing the interviewer didn’t make that connection.
    I actually wrote something about this Cuban thing where I pointed out that his stance makes sense from a business perspective, and should remind fans that this whole thing is a business.

  • pdr

    I’m having a hard time seeing how he is wrong. Owning a team is a business, and he’s doing what is in his business’ best interest. Sure he’ll catch heat from random internet people and blog-o-tards alike, but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that will not affect his revenue in the least.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Allen, I dreamed about writing about sports, but then I found out that there were a lot of other aspects of the job that were not for me.
    I did get chance to learn new things, and I did get access to things other folks are not allowed to know. I think, just for me as a person, it wasn’t the right fit. You understand?

  • kool860

    i agree with Cuban… way too much opinionated writing. Alot of it isnt focusing on the sport… but the personal lives of these players. Websites such as fanhouse.com/sportingnews is by far one of the worst.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Cuban couldn’t possibly be a bigger hypocrite, could he?

  • Zabba

    Cuban’s on the money with this one, which is a rare one. But he better make exception for the Slam junkies who walk in with their laptops. Slam is legit, just like MC Hammer.