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Mark Cuban rips Bud Selig, MLB on Tonight Show (VIDEO)

Aug 9, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

We haven’t touched the Alex Rodriguez suspension on this blog for two reasons: 1) It’s baseball’s issue and this is a basketball blog; 2) The NBA shouldn’t be pointing fingers about PED suspensions until it puts HGH testing in place. Mark Cuban tries to shoot down the HGH debate saying there is no testing to show it helps a baseball or basketball player. We can debate that with specific drugs, however the idea that designer drugs that help athletes quickly recover from workouts — or four games in five nights — would not interest NBA players trying to get multi-million dollar contracts is naive at best. HGH is part of that spectrum.

Anyway, back to the video at hand, outspoken Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno and ripped Commissioner Bud Selig and the MLB for its handling of the suspension of A-Rod. Like most things Cuban, you can agree or disagree with him but the discussion that flows from his point of view is interesting.

Plenty of people will enjoy the fact Cuban complains Selig runs the MLB like his personal “mafia” when Cuban owns a team in a league run by David Stern, but that’s what the man said.

  1. worldbfree4me - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Wow, so this is how Mark gets his Mavs in the press by going in media blitz. First there was the Blog last week when he tried to do revisionist history. Now this. Put a winning product out on the floor Mark and your Mavs will thrive on their own.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Cuban tried very hard to buy the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers, so while he is not a baseball owner, he is involved in the MLB and his comments about such are still relevant.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      not a fan of Mark but he was 100% correct what he said about Bud.

  2. 2016olympics - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Anybody who doesn’t like him, should educate themselves on Mark Cuban before bashing him. Guy is a genius, and a regular Joe who wasn’t born with a silver spoon. Self made billionaires don’t come around very often.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Yah, part of the reason I like Shark Tank so much is Cubes. Dude just gets it and says it.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      I can’t stand the guy but I respect what he has done as a business person. Very smart guy.

  3. thomaskouns - Aug 9, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Mark Cuban is a genius as well as a ‘savy businessman’ and I look at his comments on PEDS from that POV. He doesn’t want the perception of the league tainted by the perception it’s players use these drugs as an owner of a lucrative franchise.

    Of course HGH helps professional athletes or they wouldn’t have taken it for the last 2 decades not to mention fast-acting testosterone which isn’t tested in the NBA and considered ‘widespread’ in the MLB now.

    The NBA game has changed to one where strength, speed and recovery are ideal attributes and HGH helps increase all of those.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    You can tell that Mark Cuban wasn’t meant to be in the spotlight. When he first tried to buy the Mavs he acted petulant and irritable with media, often being unable to form a coherent thought without getting angry. He’s gotten a lot better at being on TV but he still says a lot of things he obviously hasn’t thought through well enough. HGH isn’t proven to help baseball players? Are you f***ing crazy? There’s no reason for professional athletes to be taking growth hormones. At any rate, I enjoy any shots taken at baseball.

  5. cantonbound13 - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Pro sports drug testing is a joke. As far as I’m concerned, sports is entertainment, if these athletes want to shorten their lifespan for millions of dollars, that’s their problem. PED’s are being used in all major sports.

  6. mcsuave - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Great business man, but has a vendetta against MLB since he wasn’t allowed to purchase a team. He should refrain from those remarks until the evidence is shown. As great a businessman as he is, he let his team turn to crap. He could be like Prohkorov if he wanted to win. All about the money.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      He’s still won for most of his time as an owner. Hard to argue he wouldn’t be a better owner than guys like Frank McCourt, Fred Wilpon and Jeffrey Loria.

  7. mogogo1 - Aug 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Like most people I hate A-Rod, so I don’t lose any sleep over his suspension. But Cuban is right. Can anybody imagine the NFL (or even the NBA) ignoring their own suspension policies to try and stick it to some guy? It’s crazy.

    • silverdeer - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Go Cuban. The man just calls it like he sees it. I don’t always agree with what he says, but I totally respect him for speaking his mind. Especially, with the ones that seem to think their feces doesn’t smell.

  8. adoombray - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    What exactly is wrong about taking HGH? It’s wrong that Athletes take something… that helps them recover faster and perform better at their jobs? I take anti-anxiety medication because my brain tends to work itself up over nothing and suddenly I’m panicking about something that happened years ago while I’m trying to remove a virus from one of my customers computer. Isn’t that “Performance enhancing?” what about a 5 hour energy or a stiff cup of coffee?

    The point is, these athletes are being paid gobs and gobs of money, and the fans/media want to have it both ways. If a guy like Derrick Rose sits out all season because he’s healing an injury, he gets criticism for all the money he makes calling him a quitter and soft and not loyal to his team (Nobody complained about Kobe flying to Germany for a knee treatment that had him jumping like he was 26 again, but I digress). If the athlete knowingly assumes the risk and the consequences of these drugs, then I think it’s time to end the witch hunt. People “performance enhance” all the time and the distinction between what we make them piss in a cup for and the piss we drink out of our own cups from Starbucks in the morning is arbitrary at best.

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