I wrote a column alongside it. Pittman was sacked Monday, the day before the club fired Sneed.
A woman who had recently been hired as a support staffer said Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to her in the media dining room before a game during the 2010-11 season, when the Mavericks won their only National Basketball Association championship. "That's what I was truly afraid of and that was the discussion we had internally. I'm sure it's still going on". There was allegedly public fondling by the team president. After initially saying the report's finding were "all new" to him, he revealed Wednesday he was exclusively responsible for Mavs.com writer Earl K. Sneed staying on the payroll after a pair of domestic violence incidents, one that involved a fellow Mavericks employee; both detailed in the report.
In other words, Cuban's excuse is that he was protecting other women who worked for other organizations by allowing Sneed to keep his job. This negative space was characterized as an "open secret" by these employees. I thought I was doing the right thing at the time.
He was hired by the Mavericks during the 2010-11 season and was charged with assault in June of 2012 for an incident where Sneed "sat on top of [his then-girlfriend] and slapped her on the face and chest", according to the Sports Illustrated report. Monroe denied those allegations.
Cuban told the magazine that the team was establishing a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees.
After the story was published, Cuban responded to Sports Illustrated in a Q&A.
Ussery said in a statement to SI: "I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me".
In addition to Krutoy, Milgrim will conduct the Mavericks investigation.
The story quoted one former female staffer as saying that the team's locker room was a refuge from the locker room culture elsewhere in the organization. "I also have a 13-year-old daughter and I want her to know that it's both fearless and safe to speak out". I missed that completely. "My anxiety would go down dealing with players; it would go up when I got to my desk".
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban rejected claims that he was aware of abuse within his company. From that point on - and the investigators are going to see if we missed anything else - he appeared to abide by all those rules, as far as I knew. Cuban knows this, of course.
Not everyone is convinced that the NBA's most hands-on owner could have had no knowledge of the alleged sexual misconduct in his organization. None. And based off of what I've read here, um, we just fired our HR person. - It's wrong. It's abhorrent. It's not a situation we condone. Sneed and human resources head Buddy Pittman have since been fired in the wake of today's Sports Illustrated report.
Mark Cuban made a decision to get out in front of this process by hiring investigators to look into everything that has been alleged within the Mavs organization. I mean, this is...obviously there's a problem in the Mavericks organization and we've got to fix it. That's it. And we're going to take every step.