Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been known to hide his feel about, well, anything. So it was no surprise when he was very candid about his thoughts on the current battle between Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball during an appearance on “The Tonight Show.”
When host Jay Leno asked Mark about his opinion on A-Rod’s suspension for violating the league’s drug policy, Cuban calls it “Horrible. Look, I think it’s disgraceful what Major League Baseball is trying to do to him.” He continues, “Not that he doesn’t deserve to be suspended, he does. But they have policies in place: first-time offender 50 games, second time a 100. 214 games? That’s personal.” Rodriguez was actually suspended for 211 games.
Cuban has had his own run ins with MLB before, after attempting to buy three different franchises since 2008. He says the league has essentially become commissioner “Bud Selig’s mafia.” “When I was trying to buy the Texas Rangers, it was an open auction. I sat in there with my good, hard-earned money trying to bid and they did everything possible to keep me from buying the team,” he says, “They had lawyers in there trying to change the rules; they had people trying to put up more money.”
Cuban also has the fairly controversial opinion that human growth hormone may not be much of a performance enhancer. “It’s never been proven that HGH helps a baseball player or a basketball player,” he claims, “It’s just been so tainted that players shouldn’t take it that it’s become banned for no good reason.”
He believes this is just another example of “Bud Selig trying to flex his muscles and say look, ‘If you don’t kiss the ring, I’m going to take care of you and kick you out of Major League Baseball’.” Rodriguez is currently appealing his suspension.
Check out the interview segment below: