The statement said of Ussery and Sneed, "There is no room for such conduct in the Mavericks' workplace - or any workplace". Ussery reportedly asked the woman if she would be having group sex that weekend. 'And I only say "was" because I'm not there anymore. "Actually, I'm going to the movies with friends".
Oddly, Cuban claimed he was unaware of a lawsuit filed against the team by a former female staffer who alleged sexual harassment. A company spokesperson declined to confirm when Ussery left the company or the circumstances behind his exit. "The Mavericks organization takes these allegations extremely seriously".
Using a Dallas police report from the 2011 incident, SI reported that Sneed's then-girlfriend suffered a fractured wrist and bruises on her arm and chest.
"This is all new to me".
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fired the team's head of human resources and a writer for the team's website. I abided by the details of that contract for four years, and received counseling during that period to avoid future instances.
"Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle added Wednesday, "First of all, I'm grateful we live in a place in time where people have the courage to speak up about things like this".
The Mavericks have launched an independent investigation into the allegations, led by Krutoy Law.
"Next week, the National Basketball Association will launch a confidential hotline available to all league and team employees to report any concerns arising in the workplace, including but not limited to sexual harassment, illegality, or other misconduct". He is also instituting mandatory sensitivity training for all employees, including himself.
"It's not a situation we condone", Cuban told Sports Illustrated in a separate interview.
Cuban says that he's "embarrassed" by what was reported and what happened under his leadership, and that it "needs to be fixed". "It came down to my final decision that I made".
A Sports Illustrated investigation chronicling sexual misconduct in the Dallas Mavericks organization includes an allegation of inappropriate behavior by one executive while he briefly worked at Under Armour in 2015.
Central to the accusations in the SI piece was former Mavericks president and CEO Terdema Ussery who who had a reputation as a "serial sexual harasser of women". And the team has tapped outside counsel to investigate.
Cuban openly admitted that he told his Mavs players that because they are out of playoff contention for the second successive season, their best option for the remainder of the campaign is to lose.
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