This season has already been pretty tough for the Dallas Mavericks. With Mark Cuban basically admitting to his team tanking, there's no denying how awful it's been. Worse still, however, may be the most recent developments coming out of Dallas, which claim several Mavericks workers may have been involved in fondling, domestic violence, and intimidating responses.
In a report by Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther of Sports Illustrated, the Dallas Mavericks' office allegedly was an unsafe work environment for female employees, citing that the office had "a corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior." The super negative environment was considered an "open secret" by the employees.
No doubt, the news comes as a shock for team owner Mark Cuban, who was not among those accused of any sexual (or otherwise innapropriate) misconduct.
"This is all new to me," Cuban relayed to Wertheim and Luther. "The only awareness I have is because I heard you guys were looking into some things. ... Based off of what I've read here, we just fired our HR person. I don't have any tolerance for what I've read. -- It's wrong. It's abhorrent. It's not a situation we condone,"
In response to these recent events, Cuban fired the HR person while providing help and support for any of the victimized.
For Dallas, they had a hard enough time getting by as it was. Besides their magical Cinderella run a few years ago, they haven't had all that much to cheer for these past few seasons. And now, it seems like they'll have to wait a little while longer before they ever get to...