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"Cuban said something to her!" - Kenyon Martin recalled the conflict he had with Mark Cuban over his mom

The moral of the story is - don't bring family to away games, especially in the playoffs.
Kenyon Martin points at Mark Cuban

Kenyon Martin and Mark Cuban

Over time, NBA fans have been increasingly more comfortable with throwing verbal insults at players during games. And due to the high-level intensity, even owners get involved in it sometimes. That was the case of former Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in 2009.

K-Mart looks back

For those who didn't know, Martin and Cuban had a rift amid the 2009 Western Conference semi-finals duel between the Mavs and the Nuggets. Martin said his mother "came to Dallas for Game 3 of our playoff series." On the other hand, Cuban, who has always been a hands-on owner, was also there as he regularly watches Mavs games.

There was a video where Martin was seen cursing at Cuban after a game in that said series, but apparently, it was Cuban who first "said something" to K-Mart's mom. The billionaire also reportedly called Martin a "thug" or a "punk" and later apologized.

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Reflecting on the subject, Martin reckoned he felt his family was harassed at the time. And though the beef with Cuban was already water under the bridge, K-Mart pointed out that he realized it's never a good idea to bring family members to games.

"I'll just leave it at this: Cuban said something to her that I took exception to and, to his credit, he apologized for it afterward," Martin wrote in a piece of BasketballNews.com. "But that experience made me realize that family members attending road playoff games is just not a good idea. If an owner is capable of letting the competition get to him in such a way that he ends up saying something inappropriate to not even a player, but a player's mother… Just think about all the other incidents and things that are said that we don't even hear about… It's getting to the point where players are getting fed up."

Cuban knows how it feels

In all fairness to Cuban, it seemed like he didn't mean to verbally abuse Martin and his mother. In his apology, Cuban admitted that the situation "has gotten out of hand" and stressed that he could relate to Martin's feelings as he, too, dealt with the same drama in that particular series.

"No one takes more abuse and gets more threats on the road than I do," Cuban wrote via ESPN. "So I know exactly how it feels. I've also had my family and friends spit on at games in this series. So I know how unpleasant that is as well."

Martin and Cuban's situation only shows that it's difficult to prevent such events from happening in the NBA, especially in the playoffs. But it's good to know that neither of them held grudges against the other.

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