After that, Nichols goes on to detail Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban's response, including firing Sneed and saying keeping him employed "was a awful mistake in hindsight", dodging questions on Ussery, and bringing in an outside law firm led by a former NY prosecutor for an investigation.
After the story was published, Cuban responded to Sports Illustrated in a Q&A.
Buddy Pittman was brought in to head the Mavericks' HR after the initial investigation of Ussery in 1998. Stories about Ussery's language and behavior towards women existed throughout his tenure, although he denies them.On his watch, the Mavericks made a lot of money. (Ussery left the Mavericks in 2015.) One woman recounted an incident during the 2010-11 season, when Ussery asked to join her as she ate dinner in the media dining room.
Saying that it "takes these allegations extremely seriously", Cuban's team announced it was hiring an outside law firm to conduct "a thorough and independent investigation". Sports Illustrated ran an article that exposed the #Hostile Work Environment of the Dallas Mavericks.More news: Winter weather advisory for ice, snow in region
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It also meant that Sneed could no longer travel to Canada, which he needed to do when the Mavericks played the Raptors. In fact, on multiple occasions I and other senior executives at the organization raised concerns-both in person and in emails-about other Mavericks employees who had engaged in highly inappropriate-and in some cases, threatening-sexual conduct. In it, he says that the Mavericks were aware of his history and made him sign a contract agreeing to avoid one-on-one interaction with female co-workers. And that's just the women inside the team who knew what was going on.
Domestic assault by former Mavericks.com reporter Earl K. Sneed. In addition, an employee whose job was to receive and investigate such complaints and report them accurately and fully, has been suspended pending the conclusion of our investigation.
"Players never play to lose". Then I'd go to the office and it was this zoo, this complete s-tshow. Although Cuban claims to be a very hands-on owner, he handles the basketball team, and its players more than the business itself.
Do you think he gets the chance to go out on a higher note than this?
The veracity of that statement remains to be seen, but it's been proven time and again recently that any ignorance, willful, or otherwise, of such workplace conditions by a principal such as Cuban does little to mitigate their responsibility for the damage done to innocent employees subjected to them.