Dallas Mavericks Facing Sexual Misconduct Charges
Posted: February 23, 2018
Updated: May 22, 2018
NBA basketball franchise Dallas Mavericks are caught in the middle of a sexual harassment storm, after Sports Illustrated and other online sportsbook news published reports detailing multiple cases of wrongdoing in the workplace. Former employees at the club have accused ex-president and CEO Terdema Ussery of being a “serial sexual harasser” while other prominent figures at the franchise have not been mentioned in the report.
Ussery headed the club for 18 full years
According to reports, Ussery once told a fellow female colleague if she planned getting “gang-banged” as part of her weekend plans, however he remained as the head of the basketball club even after this.
Ussery – “You’re going to get gang-banged, aren’t you?”
Former female employee – “No. Actually, I’m going to the movies with friends.”
Ussery – “No. You’re definitely getting gang-banged.”
Before being appointed the as CEO of the Dallas Mavericks in 1997, Ussery served as the commissioner of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). He remained with the franchise for 18 years, all the way until 2015, when he decided to leave for a post in popular sportswear company Under Armour.
It has been reported that during his tenure as president and CEO of the Mavs, the club has managed to triple its revenues by utilizing multiple media and digital platforms that were just starting to emerge in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since “money talks” the vast majority of the times, this is perhaps the reason why people – who would have had the power to dismiss him – may have turned a blind eye at the club.
Owner Mark Cuban denies knowledge of wrongdoing against his employees
One former employee even compared the working conditions at the club to that of adolescent fraternity depicted in movies. “It was a real life Animal House. And I only say ‘was’ because I’m not there anymore. I’m sure it’s still going on,” said the anonymous employee who worked for the Mavs.
The allegations have so far been directed solely at Ussery, while the Mav players themselves and the iconic billionaire owner Mark Cuban – who is often seen courtside shouting at the refs – have not been accused of any wrongdoing. Although he originally remained silent on the sexual misconduct news, Cuban has since come out saying he feels “embarrassed… that is happened under my ownership.” Sports Illustrated suggest that he may have let some behaviour slide, despite the 59-year-old owner adamantly denying any knowledge of the allegations by saying, “This is all new to me,” said Cuban.
Former president and CEO Terdema Ussery finds himself in the middle of sexual misconduct allegations (source: Sports Illustrated)
He claims that he only found out about the news after discovering it through Sports Illustrated itself, and that he maintains zero tolerance for any wrongdoing against employees. “The only awareness I have is because I heard you guys were looking into some things… 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,” the owner said, who has been in charge of the basketball franchise since 2000.
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