Cuban to donate $10 million after probe into workplace harassment
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[September 20, 2018]
By Frank Pingue
(Reuters) - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark
Cuban will donate $10 million to women's organizations following a
seven-month investigation into sexual harassment allegations within
the organization, the National Basketball Association (NBA) said on
The investigation followed a Sports Illustrated report in February
that described a culture in the Mavericks' front office "rife with
misogyny and predatory sexual behavior".
The findings of an independent investigation, carried out on behalf
of the Mavericks by external law firms and overseen by the NBA, were
published on Wednesday.
The NBA issued a statement summarizing the investigation's findings,
which said that there was no wrongdoing on Cuban's part.
It added, however, the investigation substantiated numerous
instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct
within the Mavericks over a period spanning more than 20 years.
The investigation found "Mavericks' management was ineffective,
including a lack of compliance and internal controls, and the
shortcomings permitted an environment in which acts of misconduct
and the individuals who committed them could flourish".
The Mavericks did not respond when asked for comment from Cuban or
on behalf of the team but Cuban apologized to the women and their
families on Wednesday after the report was released.
"I'm just sorry I didn't see it. I'm just sorry I didn't recognize
it," he said during an interview on ESPN's The Jump.
"I just hope that out of this we'll be better."
The NBA said Cuban had agreed "to contribute $10 million to
organizations committed to supporting women's leadership and
development in sports and combating domestic violence."
The investigators spoke to 215 current and former Mavericks
employees who worked for the team during the past two decades and
evaluated more than 1.6 million documents, including emails.
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Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA Dallas Mavericks, speaks during the
Wall Street Journal Digital Live ( WSJDLive ) conference at the
Montage hotel in Laguna Beach, California October 20, 2015.
REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
"The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and
heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that
matter, should be subject to the type of working environment
described in the report," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a
"We appreciate that Mark Cuban reacted swiftly, thoroughly and
transparently to the allegations first set forth in Sports
Illustrated -- including the immediate hiring of Cynthia Marshall as
CEO to effect change, but as Mark has acknowledged, he is ultimately
responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees."
Marshall praised the employees who had come forward to tell their
"We appreciate the women and their courage, and we thank them,
again, for coming forward," she said at a press conference on
The investigation also included recommendations for changes within
the Mavericks' organization, including an increase in the number of
women on staff, enhancing the reporting process for victims of
misconduct and implementing anonymous employee surveys to evaluate
Additionally, the NBA said it is requiring the Mavs to give the
league quarterly reports regarding the recommendations set forth in
the report, to immediately report any instances or allegations
misconduct and train all staff issues related to domestic violence,
sexual assault, and sexual harassment.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, Additional reporting by Rory
Carroll; Editing by Toby Davis)
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