National Basketball Association creates confidential hotline for team employees in wake of Mavs report

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Mark Cuban told the Mavericks over dinner that 'losing is our best option'
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24 February, 2018

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Sneed was sacked Tuesday following a shocking report from Sports Illustrated detailing sexual harassment allegations in the Dallas Mavericks organization.

"Trust me, Mark knows everything that goes on", the former Mavericks employee said.

In a statement to the magazine, Ussery accused the women making the accusations against him of lying.

She called out alleged serial sexual harasser and former Mavs president Terdema Ussery for straight-up lying in his response to the article. Drafted ninth overall in 1998 by the Milwaukee Bucks, Nowitzki has spent his entire 20-year career with the Mavericks.

"It's very disappointing. It's heartbreaking". "It came down to my final decision that I made". I don't have any tolerance for what I've read... "I was shocked. that our franchise, my franchise, that stuff like that was going on".

In July 2015, the athletic brand announced it had hired Ussery as president of global sports categories - responsible for organizing management of all brand and business units globally - with an effective start date of September 14, 2015.

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Speaking on Monday's episode of the House Call with Dr. J podcast, Cuban said it was the Mavericks' best interest to lose games on goal and improve their chances of landing a higher draft pick, a strategy known as tanking. He has hired outside counsel to investigate the claims and the National Basketball Association has said it will monitor the investigation closely. Milgram is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former New Jersey attorney general.

Sneed released a statement Wednesday denying the report's characterization of the incidents and admitting that he signed a contract after the second incident prohibiting him one-on-one contact with female coworkers. The NBA has said it will monitor the investigation closely.

Dallas Mavericks big man Dirk Nowitzki has been the face of the franchise for almost two decades, and he is absolutely appalled at what allegedly has been transpiring behind the scenes.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told SI that he was unaware of any of the allegations.

"We are taking this opportunity to reiterate the NBA's commitment to providing employees with a safe and inclusive work environment".

One woman says the behavior did not apply to the actual players on the team, however. Two women connected with the team told Sports Illustrated that Ussery "harassed them for years.

It's not a situation we condone", Cuban told Sports Illustrated in a separate interview. It might happen, but you don't play for it. After the confessions were revealed to SI, it became clear that Ussery and Sneed were only the tip of the iceberg. Sneed pleaded guilty in 2012 to misdemeanor charges of family violence assault and interference with emergency request. This was, like, a year and a half tanking, and that was too brutal for me. In fact, on multiple occasions I and other senior executives at the organization raised concerns-both in person and in emails-about other Mavericks employees who had engaged in highly inappropriate-and in some cases, threatening-sexual conduct.


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