Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Mavericks’

A former Dallas Mavericks senior account executive watched pornography on his office computer while sometimes showing co-workers images of topless, naked, or lingerie-clad women on his phone, seven current and former Mavs employees told The Dallas Morning News’ Brandon George and Eddie Sefko.

The employees, who requested anonymity, said Chris Hyde’s behavior continued for six years after owner Mark Cuban warned him to stop viewing pornography on his work computer or he’d be fired. His colleagues say Hyde didn’t stop, and five of the ex-employees said they never formally complained to human resources because they thought the actions were common knowledge and accepted by superiors.

Hyde, who was fired in 2014, dropped a used condom onto the office floor in 2011, according to colleagues – who gave Hyde the nickname “Pants DJ” because they sometimes saw him rubbing himself below the waist while seated at his desk. Two sources said Cuban was informed about the condom incident.

The latest news comes as the Mavericks continue an internal investigation headed by new CEO Cynthia Marshall into reports of a workplace culture rife with sexual harassment and outright assault. Former team CEO Terdema Ussery was named repeatedly in a February Sports Illustrated report as an aggressor, while the Mavs fired former writer Earl Sneed shortly after details of domestic violence incidents in his past surfaced (including another Mavs employee’s 2014 report to the team that he’d assaulted her).

Advertisements

Mark Cuban is denying any wrongdoing after a report published details of a woman coming forward to police in 2011 stating the Dallas Mavericks owner sexually assaulted her in Portland, Ore.

“It didn’t happen,” wrote Cuban in an email to the Associated Press.

Willamette Week’s Nigel Jaquiss obtained a police report via a public records request from May 2011 of a woman contacting the Portland Police Bureau to speak out against Cuban. She says Cuban – who admitted to consuming alcohol that night – put his hand down the back of her jeans and penetrated her vagina with his finger as they were posing for a photo together at an Old Town nightclub.

The woman waited more than a week to come forward, later telling a detective she didn’t want to be labeled as “that girl” in a sex scandal with Cuban.

No charges were laid against Cuban, as the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office determined there was insufficient evidence.

“Because all leads have been exhausted and there remains a lack of physical or circumstantial evidence, I recommend the case be suspended,” wrote Senior Deputy District Attorney Don Rees on July 27, 2011.

Cuban’s attorney, Stephen Houze, also released a statement: “This incident never happened and her accusations are false.”

The woman was recently contacted by Willamette Week. She says she’s moved on from the incident and is “a happy person” with “a wonderful life,” but still stands by her account from seven years ago.

Mark Cuban says he messed up.

The Dallas Mavericks owner took sole responsibility for retaining former Mavs.com writer Earl K. Sneed after two separate domestic violence incidents, adding that he wasn’t aware of the “gruesome details.”

“I want to be clear, I’m not putting the blame on anybody else,” Cuban told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon on Wednesday. “It came down to my final decision that I made.”

In the first incident, Sneed got into an altercation with his then-girlfriend that left her with a fractured wrist and bruises on her body. He was arrested two months later at the Mavericks’ office, and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of family violence assault in June 2012. Sneed paid a $750 fine and completed both community service and an anger management program, which resulted in the charges being dismissed.

Cuban allowed the writer to return to the Mavericks after some counseling. Looking back, the billionaire businessman said he regrets not following up with police for more details.

“So we got it mostly from Earl’s perspective, and because we didn’t dig in with the details – and obviously it was a horrible mistake in hindsight – we kind of, I don’t want to say took his word for it, but we didn’t see all the gruesome details until just recently,” Cuban said. “I didn’t read the police report on that until just (Tuesday), and that was a huge mistake obviously.”

Sneed was involved in another domestic dispute in 2014, that time with a co-worker whom he was living with and dating, and rendered her face swollen. The woman informed her supervisor as well as HR director Buddy Pittman of the incident, but Cuban let Sneed keep his job.

The team owner indicated his rationale was wanting to control Sneed’s problem through counseling rather than setting him loose to find another job and continue to act violently toward women.

“I made the decision that we would make him go to domestic abuse counseling as a requirement to continued employment, that he was not allowed to be alone without a chaperone in the presence of any other women in the organization or any other women in a business setting at all, and he was not allowed to date anybody (who works for the Mavericks),” Cuban said.

Cuban added that he’d handle the situation differently if he had the chance. He expressed the most regret about not realizing the message his decision sent to the rest of his employees and the toxic environment it ultimately enabled.

It wasn’t until Tuesday when Sports Illustrated published findings from an investigation into the Mavericks’ misogynistic and predatory culture that Cuban ostensibly fired Sneed and Pittman.

Don Carter, who was instrumental in bringing the NBA to Dallas as a co-founding owner of the Mavericks, has died at age 84, the team confirmed.

Carter and co-owner Norm Sonju were awarded an NBA expansion franchise for Dallas in 1980. He said in 2005 that part of his decision to acquire a team was as a present to his wife, who had been a high school basketball player.

Carter sold his majority stake to Ross Perot Jr. in 1996, who in turn sold the team to Mark Cuban in 2000. Carter, however, remained a fixture at Mavericks games.

The Mavs will honor Carter with a moment of silence before their next home game on Feb. 26 against the Indiana Pacers.

Dirk Nowitzki is still chugging along at the ripe old age of 39.

The 7-foot German has started every game this season for the Dallas Mavericks, and while he can no longer jump or dive for loose balls, Nowitzki is putting up a respectable 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds while making 41.6 percent of his threes.

Dallas appears destined for another trip to the lottery, but that doesn’t bother Nowitzki. So long as he feels healthy, he intends to play his 21st season for the Mavericks in 2018-19.

“I’m not going to say 100 percent I’ll be back – but it’s looking like it,” Nowitzki told Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News. “I feel fine so far. I’ve played every game. I’d love to play all 82. That would be amazing at 39. We’ll see how the body feels. But so far, it’s been fine.”

Sticking around for a rebuilding effort doesn’t bother Nowitzki, who already did it all with the Mavericks including winning the franchise’s lone title in 2011. Nowitzki signed a two-year, $10-million contract this summer and he fully intends on honoring the entirety of that deal.

“We drafted an unbelievable prospect this summer (Dennis Smith Jr.) … I figured we’re going to be a team that’s rebuilding a little bit and trying to get better and trying to get back to winning ways.

“I signed up for, obviously, two years to help the franchise push through that and get better. I didn’t think we would be sitting here 10 (games) over .500. I mean, I wasn’t delusional. We felt like we might have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs. And we still do. We’ve played the toughest schedule in basketball to this point.

“As long as my body feels fine like it has so far, with no setbacks like last year when I missed two months, I’m looking forward to hopefully fulfilling my contract.”

Playing 21 seasons would make Nowitzki the longest-tenured player to suit up for only one franchise. He is currently tied with Kobe Bryant at 20.

Nerlens Noel hasn’t appeared in a game for the Dallas Mavericks since Nov. 22. He’s not listed on the team’s injury report, and all scratches have been DNP-CDs. The reason, sources told NBC 5 Dallas’ Newy Scruggs, is that the Mavs don’t view the big man as a hard worker.

Noel has been in an odd position with Dallas since being dealt from the 76ers at last season’s trade deadline. As the summer market for restricted free agents dried up, he signed his qualifying offer for $4.1 million with the Mavericks. But what appeared to be a golden opportunity to showcase his talents ahead of unrestricted free agency next summer is quickly disappearing.

Head coach Rick Carlisle said last month Noel had to earn his minutes, something he clearly has yet to do. In the time he has seen the floor, the defensive specialist is averaging career lows in rebounds and blocks.

“Nerlens decided to bet on himself,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said in September, “and now we’re in a position where, if everybody comes out ahead this coming season, he’ll get paid, we’ll be happy, and we’ll go on with life.”

At this rate, however, nothing appears to be helping his cause.

On Saturday, Noel appeared in the media room at the American Airlines Center to grab a hot dog at halftime of the Mavs’ win over the Clippers. “I needed some energy for the second half,” he said, according to SB Nation’s Tim Cato, though he never played a minute.

Carlisle laughed it off, telling reporters: “I hear the hot dogs are pretty good.”

Draymond Green still isn’t apologizing, nor is he backing down on his stance.

The Golden State Warriors forward said last month people should stop referring to a team’s proprietor as an “owner” because being “owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start.”

Dallas Mavericks majority owner Mark Cuban disagreed with Green, saying team owners own equity, not people, and demanded an apology from the reigning Defensive Player of the Year to the NBA.

When he was initially asked about it, Green declined. But on Thursday, he said he understands how equity works and that he wouldn’t expect the businessman to understand where he’s coming from.

“Mark Cuban will never know or understand how it feels for me, a young black African-American, to turn on the TV and see what happened in Charlottesville. He’ll never have that feeling,” he said Thursday at Harvard University.

“So, when I say, ‘Hey maybe we shouldn’t use that word,’ to be honest, I really don’t expect him to understand where I’m coming from because he’ll never feel what I feel when I turn on the TV and see however many people are taken down by the KKK or whatever group it was. He’ll never know that feeling that I have about that.

“And you can try to understand it, and he will still never understand it to the degree that I do. … It’s not to take a shot at the owners of these entities; it’s more so trying to help spark change to help others that may be similar to me, because he may feel the same way that I feel because I’m African-American.”

Green concluded that Cuban is wrong for calling his opinion wrong.

“You can’t say I’m dead wrong because you really don’t know how it feels to turn on that TV and see a young black man shot by a police officer and he was unarmed,” he said.

“You will never get that feeling, so it’s hard to say I’m wrong.”