Friday, February 23, 2018

An Early Hint Of How Mark Cuban Would Handle The Dallas Mavericks Current Scandal?

Hat TipLandry Locker - producer of the 610 morning Sports Radio Show called MAD Radio with Seth Payne and Mike Meltser.

A Feb. 20, 2018 story in Sports Illustrated, "Exclusive: Inside the Corrosive Workplace Culture of the Dallas Mavericks" by John Wertheim and Jessica Luther, detailed a corporate culture of sexual  harassment and corrosive behavior in the Dallas Mavericks organization.  This behavior was exemplified, according to the investigative story, by the president and CEO of the Mavericks, Terdema Ussery, who for many years had allegations against him, even before Cuban took over the team.

But why would Mark Cuban retain this man when he became owner of the Dallas Mavericks in the year 2000 and why has his reaction to the Sports Illustrated article been one of amazement?  From the Sports Illustrated article"Reached by SI on Monday, Cuban expressed embarrassment and horror at the accusations—but insisted he had no knowledge of the corrosive culture in his offices. 'This is all new to me,' he said".

Owner of the Mavs - Mark Cuban - "this is news to me"
This from "Sports Day" in the Dallas News: "it's difficult to imagine that, over the 15 years that Ussery worked under him, Cuban never had a clue about the salacious details laid bare by Sports Illustrated.  Especially when he knew the organization had done its own investigation of Ussery two years before he bought the team, which, you know, might have caught his attention."

"As a result of those allegations in 1998, the Mavs hired a guy to sit outside Ussery's office in his job as head of human resources. They also drafted a new set of guidelines on interoffice conduct. Because nothing stops harassment like a good pamphlet. But Ussery remained, until 2015, when he resigned to take a position with Under Armour."

Did we get an early preview [2015] of how Mark Cuban would react to this scandal, when we see what his reaction was to the Dallas Cowboys signing of Defensive End, Greg Hardy, who was found guilty of assaulting and threatening to kill his girlfriend?

This from Sporting News, March 21, 2015: "A lot of people have a problem with the Cowboys signing Greg Hardy.  Mark Cuban isn’t one of them.  The owner of the NBA team also located in Dallas said that while he didn’t think the Cowboys handled their signing of the Pro Bowl defensive end correctly, he thinks it's unfair to not give Hardy a second chance."  "I think they handled it wrong publicly ... (but) you can't just throw people away," Cuban told the Dallas Morning News .  “What are you going to say about Greg Hardy?  You can’t ever get a job?"

So, it seems like Cuban has a history of  "second chances" even for sexual harassers and sexual assaulters.

Also, Seth Payne, co-host of MAD radio, made the astute observation that Mark Cuban [possibly thinking of some action that could be taken against him in the future], didn't even think that Donald Sterling, the racist owner of the Los Angeles Clippers should have been thrown out of the league, even though Cuban recognized he was a bigot and racist as he said, "people are allowed to be morons and stupid in this country, even owners of NBA teams" and [from the LA Times]: "Cuban made it clear that he thought the NBA would be better off without Sterling as an owner, but he also said it would be a "very slippery slope" if the league started forcing owners to sell based on comments made in private."

Hmm, or maybe a "very slippery slope" that would also lead to the league forcing out owners for turning a blind eye to a culture of sexual harassment in their organization? 

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