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Report: Another former Mavs executive watched porn at work, left used condom on floor

Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks are dealing with legal problems on many different fronts.
Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks are dealing with legal problems on many different fronts. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

More details about the toxic workplace culture that existed within the business operations department of the Dallas Mavericks have come to light.

Several unnamed current and former team employees have claimed that former senior account executive Chris Hyde was also a major culprit of sexual harassment within the organization's business office, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News.

The report states that Hyde, who was a 15-year employee of the franchise, watched porn on his phone and computer, touched himself inappropriately while doing so and showed co-workers obscene images of women on his cellphone.

Those team employees also said Hyde was the previously unnamed individual who left a used condom on the floor of the team's office.

This pattern continued for six years despite a directive from owner Mark Cuban that Hyde stop viewing pornography on his office computer.

The sources also said they never formally complained to the human resources department because they believed Hyde's behavior was known and accepted by his superiors.

Although Hyde was eventually fired in 2014, the report from the Morning News reveals that Cuban had a deeper understanding of his organization's sexual harassment problems than he initially claimed.

In late February, Sports Illustrated published a large expose detailing a decade-plus-long culture of sexual misconduct, with one employee describing the office environment as "Animal House."

In response to the detailed report, Cuban hired former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall as CEO. He also brought in Tarsha LaCour to be the senior vice president of human resources and Cyndee Wales to serve as the chief ethics and compliance officer.

During an ESPN interviewin February, Cuban took the blame for what has transpired. In that interview, he also said he made a “horrible mistake” in keeping former Mavs.com writer Earl K. Sneed after learning of Sneed's domestic violence history.

Cuban refused to comment on the allegations against former Mavericks president Terdema Ussery.

When the Morning News asked Cuban for comment on the latest allegations, he cited the organization's on-going investigation and referred questions to new CEO Cynthia Marshall.

Marshall also declined to elaborate on the situation.

Back in mid-April, NBA commissioner Adam Silver commended the scope and progress of Cuban's internal investigation, as well as the re-examination of the organization.

You can read the report that provides new details of the allegations here.

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