Following a Sports Illustrated report detailing workplace harassment within the organization, the Dallas Mavericks have hired outside council to investigate. The report focuses on former team president Terdema Ussery, who is accused of making suggestive remarks to female employees.
Also mentioned in the report is former team website reporter Earl Sneed, who was accused on multiple occasions of domestic violence, one of which he pleaded guilty to, before being fired.
“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,” the NBA released in a statement. “Such behavior is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter.”
Multiple Mavericks and arena employees quit as a direct result of Ussery’s actions, claiming that there is a system within sports to protect men who misbehave.
The accusations come during what can only be described as a hailstorm of accusations across all sections of society. It appears evident that many of the individuals previously believed to be decent and upstanding are quite the opposite. While the penitent certainly deserve a chance at redemption, years of concealing bad behavior and numerous victims stack high against the accused. In an age of divisive politics and social issues, everyone can feel comfortable knowing that the majority of society stands against such actions and condemns them without exception. Despite the seeming innumerable amount of accusations today, there are indeed still good people in the world, and they will be among the ranks of those who continue to condemn and do away with those who would take advantage of others and special circumstances.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has expressed embarrassment that the incidents have happened under his ownership and has arranged for hotline and counseling services to be set up for all current and former employees. He is also instituting mandatory sensitivity training for all employees, including himself.