Dallas Mavericks' Workplace unsafe for female employees


Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was exclusively responsible for the decision to keep former Mavs.com reporter Earl K. Sneed on staff after two separate domestic violence incidents, telling ESPN on Wednesday that it was a "horrible mistake in hindsight".

Sports Illustrated's article also revealed that the Terdema Ussery was not the only one who behaved inappropriately.

The whole piece is well worth a read, but some of the allegations against Ussery particularly stand out given his position.

The league, overall, is a bastion of inclusiveness, respect and safety but this is an issue that will test the leadership at both the team and league levels.

Some employees of the team felt that former human resources chief Buddy Pittman was unhelpful and unapproachable due to his habit of making his opinions on social and religious issues explicitly known. According to a report from Sports Illustrated, Ussery was the ringleader of a front office culture that was "rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior".

While there is nearly nothing Cuban could say that would in any way be deemed as a sufficient response to the SI story, it's impossible to believe his ignorance plea.

"I want to be clear, I'm not putting the blame on anybody else", Cuban told ESPN. "I'm sure it's still going on".

Ussery said he had raised concerns about other Mavericks employees who he said engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct and the organization didn't address those concerns.

"I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me", Ussery said in a statement to SI.

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In hindsight, Cuban said, "I would have fired him and still made him go to counseling" after learning details of the first domestic violence incident, expressing regret for not following up with police to discover those details.

The team issued a statement on the subject Tuesday saying it has "only learned of the scope of these complaints in the past days".

Terdema denied the allegations, saying in a statement to SI, "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 organization that I engaged in inappropriate conduct". Following that, Ussery was named president of the Dallas Mavericks.

Earl K. Sneed, who has worked as a beat writer for Mavs.com since 2010-11, is accused of hitting a female Mavericks employee he had started dating in 2014.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, when asked about the allegations said, "It's wrong". "The only awareness I have is because I heard you guys were looking into some things". We will also conduct comprehensive training through experts and take the necessary steps to ensure that our workplace is a safe, respectful and productive one for all Dallas Mavericks employees.

Cuban called tanking "brutal" but acknowledged that he told his team that it would be best to lose for the rest of the 2017-18 season.

"While we can not disclose specific personnel matters, Under Armour takes these matters very seriously", the company said.

Nevertheless, it is just almost impossible to believe Cuban could have been ignorant of everything presented in the SI piece, and the National Basketball Association should be leading the independent investigation as opposed to "closely monitoring" it like they said they'd do.