Everything the Dallas Mavericks investigation revealed about workplace misconduct

Rex Christensen
September 20, 2018

Marshall has been hired by the Mavericks to help clean up after the recent sexual harassment scandal in the front office.

Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, will pay $US10 million ($13.7 million) to women's leadership and domestic violence organisations as part of an agreement with the National Basketball Association. It is earmarked for groups committed the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence.

Below is the full report of the findings.

Commissioner Adam Silver said Cuban "reacted swiftly, thoroughly, and transparently" to the matter, but he is "ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees".

In another case, Cuban didn't fire team website reporter Earl Sneed after learning of a second domestic violence allegation against him.

Sneed and former human resources director Buddy Pittman were fired in the wake of the report, which included allegations that executives weren't responsive when women complained of workplace violations.

The investigation also recommended that the Mavericks hire more women, including in leadership positions, and create a formal process for employees to report misconduct.

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The NBA said it is requiring the Mavericks to submit quarterly reports on implementing the recommendations in the report.

The report also mentioned "alleged public fondling by the team president; outright domestic assault by a high-profile member of the Mavs.com staff; unsupportive or even intimidating responses from superiors who heard complaints of inappropriate behavior from their employees; even an employee who openly watched pornography at his desk".

Under league rules, the National Basketball Association can only fine an organization $2.5 million, so the donation tactic is somewhat of a loophole and also underscores how bad the problems in Dallas were. In 1998, the Mavericks conducted an internal review after several female employees came forward with claims of inappropriate behavior against Ussery.

There were also allegations of sexual misconduct against former team president Terdemy Ussery.

He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015, a job he left after less than six months.

The investigation was clearly embarrassing to Cuban. At a news conference announcing Marshall's hiring in February, the normally outspoken star of the TV show "Shark Tank" conceded he could not explain to fans how such a hands-on owner could be unaware of such explosive allegations on the business side of his operation.

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