Explosive 'Sports Illustrated' report uncovers Mavericks' hostile workplace culture

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Hopefully, the Mavericks can get to the bottom of their investigation and begin making workplace reforms to strengthen the safety of the organization and its culture soon. I don't want you to think I misled you. Like I said, it's truly, truly disgusting.

Ussery, who has been accused of multiple instances of inappropriate behavior during 18 years with the Mavericks, left the team in 2015 but higher-ups in the Mavs organization were reportedly dismissive when the harassment claims were brought to them during his tenure.

After a blockbuster report by Sports Illustrated, the Dallas Mavericks are investigating sexual misconduct allegations that are said to have happened within the franchise's workplace. A former female Mavericks staffer is quoted in the piece saying, "I had hundreds of interactions with players and never once had an issue ... they always knew how to treat people".

"It has been alleged that a former officer of the organization engaged in various acts of inappropriate conduct toward women over a period of years". HR was allegedly made aware and complained about Ussery's actions, but he was still allowed to be employed by the franchise. The Mavericks owner took full responsibility for the continued employment of a Mavs beat writer, Earl K. Sneed, with a reported history of domestic violence.

Scandal erupted in the National Basketball Association on Tuesday night when the Dallas Mavericks were found to be employing alleged sexual harassers, domestic abusers, and others who kept the information under the rug or away from the public eye. Yesterday we notified the league office and immediately hired outside counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation.

Sneed was involved in an altercation during the 2010-11 season where he abused his former girlfriend, per Sports Illustrated.

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While the front office was an issue, the actual locker room was not.

Ussery graduated from Princeton University. There is no player who has spent more time around that organization, seen its growth and watched it become one of the NBA's most valuable franchises.

"I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me", Ussery said to SI.

The Dallas Mavericks have been a proverbial dumpster fire for a few years now, and owner Mark Cuban is ready to get out of this rough patch. "During my career with the Mavericks, I have strived to conduct myself with character, integrity and empathy for others".

"I want to be clear, I'm not putting the blame on anybody else", Cuban said to ESPN.

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