Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced Wednesday he will contribute $10m to help further the cause of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence after an investigation substantiated numerous incidents of sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct within the franchise going back more than 20 years.
The investigation faulted the Mavericks for allowing an environment where workplace misconduct was rampant.
“The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10m that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behavior and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing.”
The NBA also said it would require staffing, reporting and policy changes for the Mavericks seven months after a Sports Illustrated report detailed years of examples of a hostile workplace for women on the business side of the team. There were also allegations of sexual misconduct against former team President Terdemy Ussery, who worked for Cuban for 15 years and was investigated by the Mavericks over similar allegations in 1998, two years before Cuban bought the team.