In the wake of DeAndre Jordan changing his mind and backing out of what he told the Dallas Mavericks to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers — and doing it in an unprofessional way, not taking calls from or meeting with Mavs owner Mark Cuban — Jordan took to Twitter to apologize.
This did not involve Jordan directly calling and speaking to Cuban (reportedly Jordan’s mother did, however).
Cuban took to the Cyber Dust app (he’s a primary investor and driver of the app, a Snap Chat competitor) to answer DeAndre and posted this, via Sam Amick of the USA Today.
Did Jordan write his own apology? No way to know for sure, but let’s say that it’s very rare for an athlete do to that and not a PR pro working for him.
Previously on Cyber Dust, Cuban explained his side of what happened when he tried to meet with Jordan (hat tip to the Sporting News for transcribing).
“Through all of Monday we were texting back and forth discussing players available, the amount of cap room we had left. Who our staff liked. Who he liked. How excited he was.
“Then on Tuesday the communications basically stopped and we started hearing rumblings from multiple people that something was up.
“So I flew down to Houston and got a room at the galleria, which is just a few minutes from his house I had my driver take me to his house. It’s inside a small gated community but the gate was wide open. So we drove in and I literally walked up to his door.
“There was no one home. So I texted him saying that I was there. I know something is up. Let’s talk. He texted me that he was on a date.
“I told him to have fun. I wasn’t in a rush, that I was happy to come by there and say hi or if he wanted to make the date fun, take them to Dallas for a night out.
“He didn’t respond.
“After about 10 mintues I went back to the hotel. I wasn’t going to sit in front of his house. I didn’t think that was right.
“When I got back to the hotel I texted him that I wasn’t in front of his house. Have fun on his date and we will talk.
“He hit me back immediately saying thanks.
“He knew I was in town. He knew I was close by. I knew something was up. I was getting the same reports everyone else was.
“I also knew his agents were coming to town. It made sense that he would talk to them and worst case, even if he was having second thoughts the agent would be able to give me updates.
“Like any big career move it’s natural to have second thoughts. So while I was concerned, I still wasn’t worried. SO I went to bed.”