Dallas Mavericks proprietor Mark Cuban will donate $10 million to ladies’s advocacy teams after an impartial investigation discovered an extended historical past of sexual harassment amongst crew workers.
The investigation discovered “quite a few situations of sexual harassment and different improper office conduct” throughout the group over greater than 20 years, the NBA stated Wednesday.
The situations included touching and forcible kissing of ladies workers by a former crew president, in addition to different misconduct by a former ticket gross sales worker and by a former Mavs.com reporter, the league stated.
The probe additionally discovered that crew administration was ineffective and “permitted the expansion of an setting through which acts of misconduct and the people who dedicated them might flourish,” the NBA stated.
The NBA stated the investigation discovered no proof that Cuban was conscious of the previous crew president’s misconduct.
Commissioner Adam Silver stated Cuban “reacted swiftly, totally and transparently” to the matter and that he’s “in the end accountable for the tradition and conduct of his workers.”
Cuban stated throughout an emotional interview with ESPN that he’s “accountable” for the Mavericks’ office tradition and provided an apology to the ladies concerned.
“In hindsight, it was staring me proper within the face and I missed it,” Cuban stated. “I had a CEO that I deferred to, and that was a mistake.”
Cuban declined additional remark to CNN.
Across the time the investigation was launched in February, Cuban directed the Mavericks to rent a brand new chief government. The crew introduced in Cynthia Marshall, a former government at AT&T, who has “applied an enormous overhaul to enhance the group’s office tradition,” the NBA stated. (AT&T is the father or mother firm of CNN.)
The investigation, launched beneath league oversight, started after Sports activities Illustrated printed an article in February that targeted on allegations towards former president Terdema Ussery.
Ussery, who left the crew in 2015, denied wrongdoing in a press release to SI.
“I’m deeply disenchanted that nameless sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations towards me,” he advised SI in February.
CNN couldn’t instantly attain Ussery for touch upon Wednesday.
The Mavericks performed an inside evaluate in 1998 after a number of feminine workers got here ahead with allegations of inappropriate conduct towards Ussery, in keeping with the investigation’s report. However he remained with the crew for greater than a decade after Cuban took over in 2000.
Anne Milgram, a former prosecutor and New Jersey legal professional basic, was one of many attorneys who carried out the impartial probe.
She stated throughout a Wednesday press convention that the investigation discovered Ussery engaged in “a sample of sexual harassment over the course of 18 years, from nearly the time that he began to the time he left the group.”
She stated the probe substantiated varied allegations towards him made by 15 ladies.
The ultimate report additionally lays out a collection of suggestions for the Mavericks group, together with to rent extra ladies in administration roles, enhance reporting practices and higher outline Cuban’s involvement within the enterprise operations.
— CNN’s David Shut contributed to this report.
CNNMoney (New York) First printed September 19, 2018: three:27 PM ET