Observer 2009-10-13 23:40:55
Dallas Mavericks Owner Says Bryant Rape Allegations Will Boost Ratings
ESPN.com news services
Aug. 5 – So it was only a matter of time before the outspoken Dallas
Mavericks owner weighed in on the Kobe Bryant scandal.
During an interview with Access Hollywood’s Pat O’Brien, Mavericks owner
Mark Cuban commented on the charges filed in Colorado against Bryant, the
Los Angeles Lakers guard accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman.
“From a business perspective, it’s great for the NBA. It’s reality
television, people love train-wreck television and you hate to admit it, but
that is the truth, that’s the reality today,” Cuban told the TV show.
In its Tuesday editions, USA Today asked Cuban to elaborate on his “It’s
great for the NBA” comments.
“Notoriety sells in this day and age,” Cuban told the newspaper. “. I can’t
think of anyone who is going through a legal problem who doesn’t get high
attention. Is that cold-blooded? Yeah. But it is bottom-line reality.”
Cuban added: “I don’t want to compare Kobe with O.J. [Simpson] because
Kobe’s case hasn’t been decided, but the reality is there is more interest
in him [Kobe] now.”