Dallas Mavericks

Mark Cuban to donate $10M as part of punishment for workplace misconduct, report says

DALLAS--The investigation into culture of sexual harassment that has existed for over a decade-and-a-half within the business offices of the Dallas Mavericks is over.

Here are the results from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall and Anne Milgram, a special counseler from Lowenstein Sandler LLP, will release the team investigation’s full findings on Tuesday afternoon.

This past February, Sports Illustrated published a large expose detailing a decade-plus-long culture of sexual misconduct, with one employee describing the office environment as the film “Animal House.”

Former Mavericks president and CEO Terdema Ussery allegedly sexually harassed multiple female employees over the years and helped create a culture “rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior,” according to the report.

Ussery remained with the team through 2015.

In addition, the report revealed that the Mavericks permitted team beat writer Earl Sneed to remain on staff despite multiple allegations of domestic violence.

In response to the detailed report, Cuban hired Marshall, a former AT&T executive, 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 interview in February, Cuban took the blame for what has transpired. In that interview, he also said he made a “horrible mistake” in keeping Sneed after learning of Sneed’s domestic violence history.

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.

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.

The organization also suspended their general manager of Mavs gaming, Roger Caneda. The reason for the suspension is that the franchise uncovered a racist tweet from 2016, an unnamed source told the Morning News.

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