‘Disturbing and heartbreaking’: the Mavericks investigation is over, and it’s bad

The investigation into the Dallas Mavericks’ failure to provide a safe working environment for women over the past 20 years has concluded. It’s as bad as you’d think after reading the Jessica Luther and Jon Wertheim story that sparked the investigation. The full report can be found here. The NBA’s statement can be found here.

The Mavericks have agreed to a number of training and reporting requirements, and in lieu of the maximum $2.5 million fine that the commissioner can levy, Mark Cuban has agreed to donate $10 million to women’s groups.

What about Cuban? What did he know? The investigation — which included 215 personal interviews and more than 1 million documents reviewed — found that he was not told about former CEO Terdema Ussery’s abuses in the workplace. Cuban was, however, aware of and involved in the reaction to employee Earl Sneed’s domestic violence arrests. Sneed was arrested twice for domestic violence while employed by the Mavericks, with the second incident involving a co-worker. Cuban allowed him to keep his job both times.

To his credit, Cuban agreed to be interviewed by Rachel Nichols on The Jump on Wednesday, and he showed what appeared to be honest remorse and shame. (Nichols did an incredible job with the interview, and kudos to her

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/9/20/17881852/mavericks-investigation-mark-cuban-women-toxic-hostile-workplace-gmib

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