Dallas Mavericks boss donates $10m after NBA probe

By Daily Sports on September 22, 2018

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The owner of NBA side Dallas Mavericks will give $10m (£7.6m) to women’s and anti-domestic violence groups after an inquiry into sexual harassment allegations within the organisation.

Billionaire Mark Cuban agreed to the donation after evidence of “disturbing and heartbreaking” workplace misconduct by current and former members of the Mavericks’ franchise was found.

The NBA said there was no direct wrongdoing on Cuban’s part but he did not pay enough attention to the workplace culture.

The investigation followed a Sports Illustrated report in February that detailed an environment “rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior”.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Cuban was “ultimately responsible” for the culture and conduct of his employees.

“While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10m that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behaviour and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing – the inability of too many organisations to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for women,” he said.

Cuban has apologised for failing to recognise the issues.

“First, just an apology to the women involved,” he told ESPN. “I’m just sorry I didn’t see it. I’m just sorry I didn’t recognise it.”

•Adapted from a BBCSports.com report. Photo shows Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban

Source Daily Sports

Posted September 22, 2018


 

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