Scott Gordon, NBCDFW.com
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban filed what can perhaps best be described as a "told-you-so" document in courtagainst Ross Perot Jr. In a four-page court document, Cuban's attorney rebutted allegations by Perot that Cuban was mismanaging the Mavericks to the brink of insolvency and, perhaps, beyond. Exhibit A: A color photograph of Dirk Nowitzki hoisting the NBA championship trophy while surrounded by Cuban and his teammates.
Ross Perot Jr.’s lingering lawsuit against Mark Cuban and his Radical Mavericks Management LLC claimed the Dallas Mavericks’, sorry, World Champion Dallas Mavericks’ majority owner to be "reckless and careless."
In a move to dismiss the suit, Cuban’s attorney today filed a legal brief that read, paraphrasing, “Mr. Perot, meet the Larry O’Brien Trophy; trophy, Mr. Perot. Now, Ross, how about a nice warm cup of shut the hell up?”
Or words to that effect.
Unfair Park posted the full legal brief, which places into evidence on Cuban’s behalf a photo of the team with the championship trophy. Exhibit A.
"I just thought, you know, we ought to find a way to humorously, but in a serious way, to make the point that this lawsuit is ridiculous," said Thomas Melsheimer, Cuban's attorney. "And I thought that doing it this way was a pretty good way to do it."
The document also contains a “Really? Look who’s talking” paragraph when it states, “Under [Perot’s] Hillwood’s ownership, the team was deemed the ‘worst franchise’ in all of professional sports. Under Cuban’s stewardship the Mavericks have become … NBA champions.”
That, in basketball parlance, is a rejection. Hard.
Not only should Perot withdraw his suit against Cuban he also should thank The Mavs Man. That championship at likely tripled the financial worth of Perot’s remaining 5 percent stake in the team.
NBC DFW attempted to contact Perot's attorney, but as of this writing there has not been a response. The case is set to go to trial in October.
Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. Didn’t Perot’s Hillwood Investment Properties default on Victory Plaza? He’s just asking.