Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has gained a bit of a reputation as the “cool billionaire” by repeatedly attacking Republican candidate Donald Trump and calling out his inconsistencies. But in his capacity as Mavs owner, he just recently displayed some uncomfortably Trump-like tendencies in denying press credentials to two longtime Dallas-based reporters for ESPN.
Marc Stein is possibly ESPN’s most well-connected basketball reporter, and he’s covered the NBA nationally for years. Tim McMahon was, for a while, the network’s Mavericks beat reporter, but his duties have expanded beyond one team. The Mavericks, reportedly dissatisfied with the lack of a dedicated beat reporter, decided they would no longer tolerate ESPN’s national journalists in their arenas for this past weekend’s games.