NBA, Mavericks release statements on Sports Illustrated story

NBA.com Global on Feb 21, 2018 01:38 PM
NBA, Mavericks release statements on SI story
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NBA press release

NEW YORK – The following statement has been issued by Mike Bass, NBA Executive Vice President, Communications, regarding the Sports Illustrated story about the Dallas Mavericks organization:

“The Dallas Mavericks have informed us of the allegations involving former team president Terdema Ussery and Mavs.com writer Earl Sneed. This alleged conduct runs counter to the steadfast commitment of the NBA and its teams to foster safe, respectful and welcoming workplaces for all employees. Such behavior is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter."

Dallas Mavericks press release

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks issue the following statement on the Sports Illustrated article:

The Dallas Mavericks have received information about behavior in our workplace that appears to have violated the organization’s standards of conduct.  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.  This individual left the employment of the Mavericks nearly three years ago and the Mavericks have only learned of the scope of these complaints in the past days.  

The Mavericks organization takes these allegations extremely seriously.  Yesterday we notified the league office and immediately hired outside counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation.  The investigation will focus on the specific allegations related to this former employee, and will look more broadly at our company’s workplace practices and policies.  In addition, an employee whose job was to receive and investigate such complaints and report them accurately and fully, has been suspended pending the conclusion of our investigation.   

In a separate matter, we have also learned that an employee misled the organization about a prior domestic violence incident. This employee was not candid about the situation and has been terminated.  

There is no room for such conduct in the Mavericks’ workplace—or any workplace.

The Mavericks will provide all necessary resources to ensure that every current and former employee receives appropriate support.  We will also conduct comprehensive training through experts and take the necessary steps to ensure that our workplace is a safe, respectful and productive one for all Dallas Mavericks employees.  We are committed-- to our employees, our team and our fans-- to meet the goals of dignity, security and fairness that define the Dallas Mavericks.

We will not make any further comments until after the completion of the investigation.

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