Mavs' Cuban to donate $10 million after probe into workplace harassment

Ruben Hill
September 20, 2018

In one case, a successful ticket salesman wasn't fired after surveillance video showed a used condom slipping out of his trousers. Investigators "found no evidence" that Cuban had knowledge of Ussery's actions. He denied the allegations when the SI report came out.

Under Marshall, the Mavericks have since implemented a 100-day plan by revamping the team's code of conduct, putting employees through workplace training and strengthening a zero-tolerance policy.

Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine's report, which included claims that superiors were seen as unresponsive to complaints. When I worked on the Mavs' business side, all marketing, promotional and broadcasting decisions went through you.

The Mavericks did not respond when asked for comment from Cuban or on behalf of the team but Cuban apologized to the women and their families on Wednesday after the report was released.

Additionally, the National Basketball Association said it is requiring the Mavs to give the league quarterly reports regarding the recommendations set forth in the report, to immediately report any instances or allegations misconduct and train all staff issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

Commissioner Adam Silver said Cuban "reacted swiftly, thoroughly, and transparently" to the matter, but he is "ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees".

Sports Illustrated reported Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to several women, accusations he called "outright false".

The investigative report detailed cases of 15 women who alleged various forms of harassment by Ussery, including inappropriate comments, unwanted touching and forcible kissing. Ussery's denials lacked credibility, according to the report.

The independent investigation's findings were based on interviews with 215 current and former Mavericks staffers, as well as an analysis of more than one million documents, including internal emails.

Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, will donate $10 million to women's advocacy groups after an investigation determined sexual harassment occurred in the organization.

Under NBA rules, the league would have been able to fine Cuban a maximum of $2.5 million. He was praised by former NBA Commissioner David Stern and served as the Mavericks' alternate governor with the league.

The investigation was clearly embarrassing to Cuban. At a news conference announcing Marshall's hiring in February, the normally outspoken star of the TV show "Shark Tank" conceded he could not explain to fans how such a hands-on owner could be unaware of such explosive allegations on the business side of his operation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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