Trump-hater and billionaire NBA team owner Mark Cuban is getting a brutal dose of karma as a sexual assault scandal rocks the Dallas Mavericks organization. It was “a real-life Animal House,” according to one former employee. You don’t want to miss these shocking allegations.
According to Sports Illustrated, the Dallas Mavericks organization has been rocked by a sexual harassment and assault scandal the size of Texas. Of course, when something this big goes down, people look to the leadership, which in this case is the team’s owner Mark Cuban.
Perhaps if Cuban weren’t so busy hating on our President, he would have had a better response to the sex scandal crisis in his own organization, but he didn’t. Cuban reportedly told Sports Illustrated that the damning reports were “all new to me.”
The bombshell report was published by Sports Illustrated on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, alleging that former employees of the Mavericks organization accused Cuban of lying. Several former employees insist that Cuban knew about “everything” and allowed it to happen.
The main villain in this story is ex-Mavericks’ CEO and president Terdema Ussery. Although other people who worked at the Mavericks’ headquarters have been implicated in the sexual harassment and assault scandal, Ussery is the one whom several former employees accused of the most heinous behavior. Still, Cuban insisted in his statement to SI that the allegations of rampant sexual misconduct were unknown to him until he found out about Sports Illustrated’s investigation.
“The only awareness I have is because I heard you guys were looking into some things,” Cuban said. “Based off of what I’ve read here, we just fired our HR person. I don’t have any tolerance for what I’ve read.” Cuban added, emphasizing to Sports Illustrated that his former human resources director was to blame for the failure to address these grievous issues taking place right under his nose.
Cuban said he had not been previously told about any of the accusations, further blaming the failure to address the issues on the team’s human resources director. “It’s wrong. It’s abhorrent. It’s not a situation we condone. I can’t tell you how many times, particularly since all this #MeToo stuff has been coming out recently I asked our HR director, ‘Do we have a problem? Do we have any issues I have to be aware of?’ And the answer was ‘No,’” Cuban said.
Although Cuban denies any previous knowledge that would make him accountable for the alleged sexual harassment and assault, more than one former employee has come forward to tell their side of the story. “It was a real-life ‘Animal House,’” a former employee told Sports Illustrated. “And I only say ‘was’ because I’m not there anymore. I’m sure it’s still going on.”
Other employees told Sports Illustrated that Cuban knew about the alleged sickening behavior of Ussery and others on his staff but turned a blind eye because profits were good. According to those employees, Cuban was more concerned about money than he was about the well-being of the people who worked for him. “Of course Mark knew about the instances of harassment and assault. Everyone knew,” one employee said.
One woman, who claims she suffered sexual harassment while working in the Mavericks workplace, said she believed Cuban “turned a blind eye” because the revenue kept rolling in under the leadership of Ussery. Another source close to the team told Sports Illustrated that the office had a “locker room culture,” yet the “real locker room,” filled with the team’s athletes, always treated staff with dignity and respect, according to Fox News.
“I had hundreds of interactions with players and never once had an issue…they always knew how to treat people. Then, I’d go to the office and it was this zoo, this complete sh*t show. My anxiety would go down dealing with players; it would go up when I got to my desk,” the source said.
Other women who worked for the Mavericks organization in the past who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Sports Illustrated that Ussery’s alleged sexual harassment behavior was well-known among women in the office.
One horrific account from a former female employee involved Ussery repeatedly telling her that she was “getting gang-banged” during the weekend. Other former female employees alleged that Ussery put his hands on their thighs during meetings and propositioned them for sex.
Although Ussery left the Mavericks in 2014, these bombshell reports are just now hitting the headlines after Sports Illustrated completed their investigative work and interviews to blow the lid off of what is likely one of the biggest sexual harassment and assault scandals in NBA history.
In response to the allegations, Ussery issued the following statement to Sports Illustrated: “I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me. During my career with the Mavericks, I have strived to conduct myself with character, integrity, and empathy for others.”
Following the report by Sports Illustrated, the NBA released their own statement.
“The Dallas Mavericks have informed us of the allegations involving former team president Terdema Ussery and Mavs.com writer Earl Sneed. This alleged conduct runs counter to the steadfast commitment of the NBA and its teams to foster safe, respectful and welcoming workplaces for all employees. Such behavior is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter,” NBA Executive Vice President of Communications Mike Bass wrote.
Mark Cuban should think less about running against President Donald Trump in 2020 and more about how to simply run an NBA team minus the “Animal House” environment. Once the billionaire bigmouth can get that down, then maybe he can think about running for public office.