Mark Cuban "sick to my stomach" over abuse allegations by Mavs employees

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22 February, 2018

Though Mark Cuban was not accused of sexual harassment by any of the women who spoke to Sports Illustrated, one employee did point out the obvious about the most hands-on owner in the National Basketball Association. Shortly after being hired as the beat writer in 2010, Sneed was arrested for a domestic violence incident in which, according to a Dallas police report, he "sat on top of" a woman and "slapped her on the face and chest" while telling her, "I'm going to f-- kick your ass". The Mavericks' statement said that Sneed had misled the organization about the domestic violence episodes and that he had been terminated. Jason Smith and Michael Harmon say it should be a wake up call to every team in professional sports that stories of misconduct will come forward.

Owner Mark Cuban was made aware of the situation and addressed the issue during a meeting with business-side employees this week.

In a statement, Ussery denied any wrongdoing and claimed that he actually raised concerns of other employees who "had engaged in highly inappropriate" conduct. I looked at this as a one-off situation where, OK, if I don't do anything, this person could go out there and do damage on another women another time.

The disturbing allegations paint Ussery in a starkly different light than did the glowing piece Sports Illustrated published on him in 1993-"In a League of His Own"- when he was known as one of the sports industry's brightest young talents. One anonymous incident from January 17, 2008 said: "Terdema asks me if in another life would I marry him?"

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"I'm probably not supposed to say this, but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night, and here we are, you know, we weren't competing for the playoffs. I didn't read the police report on that until just (Tuesday), and that was a huge mistake obviously". Although he kept his job, he was later accused of hitting a female co-worker in 2014, who reported the incident to her supervisor and the vice president of human resources, Buddy Pittman. 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. Yesterday we notified the league office and immediately hired outside counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation. Anne Milgram, a former New Jersey attorney general whose law practice focuses on white collar crime and government investigations, will be the lead investigator in consultation with Krutoy Law.

In a statement provided to Sports Illustrated, Ussery said he was not aware of any sexual harassment complaints against him.

"It's wrong. It's abhorrent". "I can't tell you how many times, particularly since all this (#MeToo) stuff has been coming out recently I asked our HR director, 'Do we have a problem?"

"Such behaviour is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter". "I'm embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed".

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