Sadly, Rich DeVos might be next.

In the wake of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's lifetime ban from the NBA for his tape-recorded racist rant to his gold-digging mistress, is the Orlando Magic's DeVos the next owner to be scrutinized for a stance that is considered biased and bigoted by some in this world?

Don't laugh. It's not so far-fetched based on comments by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who says the NBA is traveling down a "slippery slope" when it comes to giving Sterling the NBA's version of the death penalty.

"What Donald said was wrong. It was abhorrent," Cuban says. "There's no place for racism in the NBA, any business I'm associated with. But at the same time, that's a decision I make. I think you've got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It's a very, very slippery slope."

It's a slope DeVos may be slipping and sliding down. The reason I say this is because CNN was in town this week working on a story about DeVos and his strong stance against gay marriage. Personally, I believe comparing the beloved and benevolent DeVos to a sleazy, racist owner like Sterling is a monumental stretch, but that's the slippery slope Cuban is talking about.

Think about it: How does the NBA decide what an owner can and can't say or do? For instance, why is it OK for DeVos to say two men or two women should not be married, but Sterling gets his franchise stripped away for saying a white woman should not be seen in public with a black man?

Let's face it, it wasn't that long ago when Sterling's stance was considered mainstream, just as DeVos's stance on gay marriage is now still considered socially acceptable. After all, President Barack Obama himself only recently changed his opinion of same-sex marriage.

There is also this difference between Sterling and DeVos: Sterling is a racist in a sport where the work force is 80 percent black. If 80 percent of NBA players were gay, DeVos would no doubt be the owner that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned from the league.

Make no mistake about it, by booting Sterling, Silver made a smart business decision just as much as he took a righteous moral stance. With superstars like LeBron James speaking out against Sterling and players threatening to boycott the playoffs, Silver jettisoned Sterling to save his sport from potential ruination.

Let's also remember that DeVos, unlike Sterling, doesn't have a history of discriminating against gays as Sterling does against blacks. DeVos has never said he doesn't want gays at his games and, in fact, the Magic even welcomed gay and lesbian groups to attend a game this season when trailblazing gay player Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets played at the Amway Center.