Mark Cuban openly admitted telling his team, the Dallas Mavericks, that the best course of action for the rest of the season is to tank for losses and improve draft lottery odds.

He made that admission during an appearance with Julius Irving, who he is now using as means to explain his faux pas. He exchanged text messages with Mike Doocy of Fox 4 in Dallas Fort Worth, during which he wrote, “I’m sure I will get fined for it. But I think it was more about being starstruck with Dr. J.”

That’s pretty weak. Pretty, pretty weak.