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Former Dallas Maverick’s CEO Accused Of Serial Sexual Harassment
As the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements barrels toward more and more sexual abusers, rapists and serial sexual harassers, the NBA becomes the latest organization to have the spotlight shined on their culture.
According to disturbingly detailed report in Sports Illustrated, former Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdem Ussery has been accused of sexually harassing multiple female employees during his 18 year tenure with the franchise.
Peep this anecdote about a particularly inappropriate dinner conversation back in 2010-2011:
At this meal, with ESPN crew members seated nearby, Ussery struck up an unusual conversation. As the woman recalls the exchange, Ussery claimed that he knew what she was going to do over the coming weekend. When the woman asked, confusedly, what Ussery meant, he smiled.
“You’re going to get gang-banged,” he asserted, “aren’t you?”
“No,” the woman responded, caught off-guard. “Actually, I’m going to the movies with friends.”
“No,” Ussery insisted. “You’re definitely getting gang-banged.”
When pressed about his alleged behavior, Ussery said this:
“I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me,” Ussery said in a statement to SI on Tuesday. “During my career with the Mavericks, I have strived to conduct myself with character, integrity and empathy for others.
To make matters worse, Mavs owner Mark Cuban is playing Boo-Boo the fool:
“This is all new to me,” he said. “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.”
He goes on:
“It’s wrong. It’s abhorrent. It’s not a situation we condone. I can’t tell you how many times, particularly since all this [#MeToo] stuff has been coming out recently I asked our HR director, ‘Do we have a problem? Do we have any issues I have to be aware of?’ And the answer was no.”
Several former Mavs employees call BS, stating that Cuban knew everything. Anyone who knows how deeply involved he is in his business is likely not to believe his aloofness.