National Basketball Association creates hotline for league, team employees to report improper conduct

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After that, Nichols goes on to detail Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban's response, including firing Sneed and saying keeping him employed "was a disgusting mistake in hindsight", dodging questions on Ussery, and bringing in an outside law firm led by a former NY prosecutor for an investigation.

Cuban has already reversed field in his response to the story. And I was told there had been no complaints since I bought the team or even before that. Sneed pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor family violence charge stemming from an incident during which he "sat on top of [an ex-girlfriend] and slapped her on the face and chest".

Multiple women accused Ussery of harassing them, including unwelcome physical contact and requests for sex.

One woman interviewed by SI said that when she complained about Ussery to her superior, former vice president of marketing Paul Monroe, he threatened to fire her if she "didn't shut up and do [your] job", and to just take the abuse from Ussery because "he's the boss".

The Mavericks have launched an independent investigation into the allegations, led by Krutoy Law.

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According to John Wertheim and Jessica Luther of Sports Illustrated, the Dallas Mavericks office allegedly was an unsafe workplace for female employees. "The Mavericks will provide all necessary resources to ensure that every current and former employees receives appropriate support".

A day earlier, the National Basketball Association said the Mavericks had informed the league of the allegations involving Ussery and Sneed. Ussery, who spent 18 years with the team before leaving in 2015, was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several female employees.

Mavs.com reporter Earl K. Sneed was sacked before the SI story came out after he was originally suspended. "I had hundreds of interactions with players and never once had an issue ... they always knew how to treat people", one woman told Sports Illustrated.

Ironically, sources described the Mavs' workplace as having a "locker room culture", despite the fact that the actual locker room was a much more inclusive and normal working environment than the office. "The only thing I ever heard in terms of Terdema was that he had an affair with somebody in the office early on in my tenure and I mean I didn't think it was appropriate at that time to address somebody on their personal business", Cuban exclaimed.

Cuban vehemently denied accusations that he knew of the problem ahead of time. "My anxiety would go down dealing with players; it would go up when I got to my desk".

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