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The NBA announced Wednesday that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has agreed to donate $10 million toward programs combating domestic violence and promoting the development of women in the sports industry following an NBA investigation into workplace misconduct.

Some of the Association’s key findings include:

  • Numerous instances of sexual harassment and other inappropriate conduct within the organization spanning over 20 years
    • Improper conduct toward 15 female employees by former Mavericks President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching, and forcible kissing
    • Improper conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde, including inappropriate sexual comments to women, sharing of pornographic images and videos, unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward workers
    • Two acts of domestic violence by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed

“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. “We appreciate that Mark Cuban reacted swiftly, thoroughly and transparently to the allegations first set forth in Sports Illustrated, including the immediate hiring of Cynthia Marshall as CEO to effect change, but as Mark has acknowledged, he is ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees.”

In response to the findings, the league added it will place mandated sanctions on the Mavericks that requires the franchise to increase the number of women on staff, enhance formal reporting processes for victims of misconduct, implement regular anonymous surveys to evaluate workplace culture, and expand and improve the Mavericks’ human resources department.

The NBA also requires Dallas to provide quarterly reports of their implementation of the league’s recommendations, immediately report any instance of significant misconduct by an employee, enhance and update the annual “Respect in the Workplace” training for staff, and implement a program to train all staff on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

For his part, Cuban has apologized for the severity of the incidents and accepted responsibility.

“An apology to the women involved and to their families,” Cuban said on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Wednesday. “I’m just sorry I didn’t see it and didn’t recognize it. I didn’t know and I don’t have an explanation. And I have to be accountable for it.”

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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.

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WWE officials were reportedly unaware of the rape allegations against Enzo Amore until Monday when members of the media reached out to them for comments once the allegations went viral on Twitter, according to PWInsiderFightful reported yesterday that Enzo had not informed WWE of the situation. As noted, WWE had planned for Enzo to face Goldust on the RAW 25 special, which would have set up the return of The Dudley Boyz for a showdown with Enzo and The Zo Train. The match was to air in the third hour.

WWE officials approached Enzo backstage and asked him about the allegations once they learned of them. Amore denied the allegations were true but he did acknowledge that he knew about the investigation that Phoenix Police launched back in October after meeting the accuser at a local hospital, just days after the alleged rape happened at The Clarendon Hotel & Spa on October 19th. WWE suspended Enzo and sent him away from the Barclays Center over the fact that Enzo was aware of the criminal investigation but failed to notify them.

The company was angry with Enzo for knowingly putting them in a bad position, which forced them to respond to media inquiries over rape allegations by a current champion on what was one of the biggest TV days in company history. Regarding their decision to fire Enzo on Tuesday, it was not because of an internal belief that Enzo is guilty, but over the fact that Enzo failed to notify officials that he was being investigated.

It was also noted that this was “the last straw” for Enzo after several incidents that brought him heat over the past year or so. Enzo was one of the least-liked, if not the most, talents in the locker room. After the rape allegations came out, there were just too many problems with Enzo over the past year and the decision was made to release him.

The Phoenix Police are still investigating the rape allegations but as of today, there are no changes in the case. As noted, the accuser, Philomena Sheahan, spoke to TMZ on Tuesday and gave graphic details of the alleged incident. You can see her video at this link. Enzo has released a statement through his attorney, denying all accusations. You can read that statement at this link.

 

The Tampa Bay Rays have fired Dr. Michael Reilly, the team’s physician, after sexual assault allegations surfaced last week, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin.

YouTube user Brianna Rah posted a video accusing Reilly of inappropriately touching her and trying to kiss her when she was a teenager over a decade ago. She said she knew him from church, and worked for him at his medical office in St. Petersburg.

“I know he’s done this to other people,” the woman said. “I’ve debated making a video for years. I finally thought if I have to put my face out there, if it’s going to save another person from being sexually abused from this person, then so be it.”

The woman said the abuse she suffered was not isolated, and that other women have been victimized as well.

Reilly has worked with the Rays since their inaugural season in 1998, and served as the team doctor for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning from 1992 to 2002.

On Tuesday, the Rays issued a statement announcing Reilly’s termination after initially suspending him following the video’s release.

“The Tampa Bay Rays have ended our contractual relationship with Dr. Michael Reilly, a team physician, and he is no longer affiliated with the organization,” the statement reads.

The Rays informed the St. Petersburg police of the allegations, and an investigation is ongoing to determine if charges will be filed against the 67-year-old.

WWE have suspended current Cruiserweight champion Enzo Amore over an accusation of rape.

F4Wonline.com reports that an official accusation was filed with the Phoenix Police Department over an alleged incident that was said to have happened on Thursday October 19th, 2017 and is still under police investigsation.

The accusation filed against the WWE superstar comes from @MissGucciWitch on Twitter, who also named designer Tyler Grosso and a woman named Layla Shapiro (twitter user @toopoor_) as being involved in the alledged crime.

WWE released the following official statement via their website on Monday afternoon;

“WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving sexual harassment or sexual assault. Until this matter is resolved, Eric Arndt (aka Enzo Amore) has been suspended.

Lordsofpain.net have a through account of the social media exchanges and allegations that have been made against Enzo Amore.

Enzo had been scheduled to defend his title at next Sunday’s WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view against Cedric Alexander but that match will no longer be taking place.

The situation regarding the immediate future of the WWE Cruiserweight title is now up in the air.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston acknowledged he’s under NFL investigation stemming from a sexual assault allegation against him, but told reporters on Thursday that he doesn’t believe the league will find any grounds for suspension.

“I have no fear at all,” Winston said, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “But like I said, I have to respect our process.”

An Uber driver accused Winston of touching her inappropriately in Arizona on March 13, 2016. Winston has since released a defense statement, but the league’s investigation of the incident is expected to stretch into the offseason.

“I put my statement out there discussing this allegation and I’ve got to respect the process on that part,” he said. “I’ve been vindicated several times on the past situation, so, you know, my statements on those accusations stand firm, too.”

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young issued an apology one day after the club hired former Baylor coach Art Briles and then released him amid intense public and league pressure.

Young apologized via the club’s website for the decision to bring in the disgraced coach:

We made a large and serious mistake. We want to apologize to our fans, corporate partners and the Canadian Football League. It has been a difficult season and we are searching for answers. This is clearly not one of them. We have listened, we are reviewing our decision-making processes and we will learn. We will go on. We want to thank our fans, partners and the CFL for their help and support.

Briles was dismissed by Baylor in May in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that rocked the institution. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie convinced the Tiger-Cats to drop the 61-year-old last night, just hours after they announced the hiring, according to Drew Edwards of 3DownNation.

Hamilton is winless on the season and sits dead last in the CFL in a number of offensive categories. Briles’ offense regularly ranked among the best in college football, and his familiarity with new head coach June Jones likely led to the move to bring him in.