“I ain’t never been arrested, never sold drugs!” Billionaire Mark Cuban EXPOSED for calling ex-NBA player a ‘thug’ during game

Dallas owner Mark Cuban once called Kenyon Martin "a thug" in front of his mother.

“I ain’t never been arrested, never sold drugs!” Billionaire Mark Cuban EXPOSED for calling ex-NBA player a ‘thug’ during game

Kenyon Martin recalls when Mavs' owner Mark Cuban called him a thug to his mother's face (via Gilbert Arenas & Associated Press)

Former NBA player Kenyon Martin has recently brought to light an incident involving billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. The controversy, stemming from a heated playoff game, raises significant questions about respect and stereotyping in sports.


The incident dates back to a playoff game where the Denver Nuggets, Martin’s team at the time, were facing the Mavericks. Despite the intense competition on the court, the conflict escalated beyond the game when Mark Cuban reportedly made a derogatory comment towards Martin’s mother, labeling her son a “thug”.

Reflecting on the incident, the Denver Nuggets‘ star expressed his frustration and disbelief, questioning the basis of such a stereotype:

What makes me a f**king thug? I ain't never been arrested, I ain't never sold drugs, I graduated from high school, I graduated from college and I'm a professional in my field.

The situation highlights a broader issue in sports and society, where athletes, particularly those from minority backgrounds, are often subjected to unfair stereotyping. Martin’s academic and professional achievements stand in stark contrast to the label unjustly thrust upon him.


Kenyon Martin, a formidable player known for his intensity on the court, has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. His educational background and career achievements defy the negative connotations associated with the term “thug”.

Fans react in support of Kenyon Martin

Martin’s journey in the NBA and beyond serves as a testament to his commitment to both his sport and personal development. His response to the incident with Dallas Mavericks‘ owner Mark Cuban is not just about defending his reputation, but also about challenging the broader stereotypes often associated with professional athletes.

Cuban calling Martin a thug could very well be simply be him referring to the latter’s rough playing style (NBAE)

The incident and Martin’s response have sparked a wide range of reactions on social media. Fans and observers have taken to Twitter to express their opinions, ranging from support for Martin to criticism of Cuban’s remarks.

The incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by athletes due to public perception and media portrayal. It underscores the need for a more nuanced understanding of the diverse backgrounds and experiences of professional athletes.


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