“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”—Malcolm S. Forbes.
I’ve read a little bit here and there about the philanthropic efforts of Mark Cuban. There was a time I didn’t care for the guy, but that has changed. He’s impressive. Maybe that’s easy when you’re a billionaire, but I think some of it is just about who you are.
I’m especially enamored with the assistance he’s given to Delonte West. Delonte was a Maverick player several years ago, but never really panned out for Dallas. He’s a substance abuser, and his substance of choice, is of all things EMBALMING FLUID (yikes). I don’t want to venture a thought about how you access that.
Delonte is never going to play in the NBA again (he’s 37), so there’s not an ulterior motive here. He’s a street kid, without much education. Cuban has been trying to help Delonte since 2016. Cuban finally contacted his mom, tracked him down. Put him in a hotel, stayed with him for several days until they could get him back with his mom and in a rehab clinic. This story probably wouldn’t have made news except a bystander snapped a picture of Cuban at a gas station when he found Delonte and sent it to TMZ.
There are numerous other stories of Cuban trying to make the world a better place by the things he’s doing out of the limelight. Good on him. We need more of that.