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Mark Cuban 'embarrassed' after investigation reveals harassment-filled culture in Mavericks organization

Mark Cuban 'embarrassed' after investigation reveals harassment-filled culture in Mavericks organization

Mark Cuban told Julius Erving on the "House Call with Dr. J" podcast this week that it would be best for the Mavericks to keep losing, and that comment is going to cost his team a pretty penny. It did not name the employee.?

The Dallas Mavericks organization released a statement prior to the Sports Illustrated piece.

That investigation will be conducted by Krutoy Law.

Many have been quick to question how a man who claims to be so hands-on couldn't have known about the atmosphere within his own offices. He did know about Sneed, because Sneed announced it on social media that Cuban just tried to help him out.He can't advertise himself as the all-knowing owner and then not know when a team president is accused of sexual misconduct on several occasions.

"It's wrong. It's abhorrent".

"It's not a situation we condone", Cuban told Sports Illustrated. "I mean, this is, obviously there's a problem in the Mavericks organization and we've got to fix it".

"During my almost 20 year tenure with the Mavericks, I am not aware of any sexual harassment complaints about me or any findings by the organisation that I engaged in inappropriate conduct".

In one crude exchange, Ussery is said to have sat down alongside a recently-hired employee in the media dining room and started a conversation based on what she had planned on the weekend. The team also suspended an employee pending investigation whose job was to investigate such complaints and report them accurately and fully. The article said that employees at the time did not feel as the accusations against Ussery and the hiring of Pittman was a coincidence. The Mavericks did not reveal if the employee left on his own terms or if he was sacked.

In years past, there might be a handful of teams fighting for last in the National Basketball Association and the 25% shot at the first overall draft pick (and assurance that you'd fall no lower than fourth) that comes with it.

"While both instances described in the report are damning and language used is not accurate, the two relationships described in the report are not something I am proud to have been a part of".

Despite the incident being reported to now-fired head of HR Buddy Pittman, Sneed's actions again went without any consequences. I abided by the details of that contract for four years, and received counseling during that period to avoid future instances. "That's what I can tell you", Cuban said.

Much of the article focuses on former team president Terdema Ussery.

According to SI, the Mavericks continued to employ a journalist with a violent history, who plead guilty to a charge of family violence assault in 2012 and later assaulted a colleague he was dating within the organization.

"You're going to get gang-banged", he asserted, "aren't you?" . Last season, once they were officially eliminated from the playoffs, the Mavs tanked hard (2-9 to close the year).

Says one female former senior staffer: "I dealt with players all the time".

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