Mark Cuban Fined $600K for His Mavericks 'Tanking' Talk

24 February, 2018, 04:58 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Dallas Mavericks team

Mark Cuban, the team's owner, responds to the allegations.

In addition to firing Sneed, the Mavericks have suspended Pittman, who's singled out in Tuesday's report for turning a blind eye to complaints made by female Mavs staffers.

A Sports Illustrated report described a Mavericks culture of misogyny and predatory sexual behavior that spanned decades in the organization, including numerous allegations against former CEO and president Terdema Ussery.

Nowitzki, a 39-year-old forward who is in his 20th season with the team, spoke about the situation following the Mavericks' practice Wednesday in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California.

"It's very disappointing", Nowitzki told The Dallas Morning News. I talked to our HR person and again after these came up. "I mean, this is, obviously there's a problem in the Mavericks organization and we've got to fix it. I was shocked about some of the stuff". None of the allegations were against the playing staff. The other is Anne Milgrim the the former Attorney General from New Jersy.They will lead an independent review digging into how the Mavs office deteriorated into what the report called a "real life animal house".

"Players never play to lose. Then I'd go to the office and it was this zoo, this complete shit show". The article specifically says that the players' locker room was a refuge for employees who felt uncomfortable.

In the fallout, Mark Cuban has fired the team's human resources director and Sneed. 'I got excited talking to Dr. J and said something I shouldn't have'.

One woman who says she was targeted by Ussery said that when she was first hired, friends told her, "Watch out for the president". I don't have any tolerance for what I've read... "I feel sick to my stomach".

Multiple Mavericks and arena employees quit as a direct result of Ussery's actions, claiming that there is a system within sports to protect men who misbehave.

Ussery became CEO of the Mavericks in 1997. "I had no reason to doubt their handling of anything because none of this was communicated to me". He is also instituting mandatory sensitivity training for all employees, including himself.

Cuban told Julius Erving on the "House Call with Dr. J" podcast February 18 that he shared his opinion with the team recently.

Cuban is no stranger to fines, having now amassed around $2.6 million in penalties since purchasing the Mavericks in January 2000. "And here we are". "I was like, 'Look, losing is our best option. "(Commissioner) Adam (Silver) would hate hearing that, but I at least sat down and I explained it to them.

While tanking has been a not-so-secret strategy in the National Basketball Association, this year's tanking could end up being the most blatant in National Basketball Association history. I've been around too long.

Cuban was right about Silver not liking his comments.


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