Mark Cuban Rumors
Melissa Weishaupt: I am using my name because I am convinced that Cuban still doesn’t recognize the culture he’s helped create or the plight of the women who still work for him. From where I sit, Mark’s response was to rush in like some white knight in a T-shirt and jeans and yell, Don’t worry, ladies of the Mavs, I will help you with paid counseling and a hotline you can call! Now you want to help? We are not fragile flowers. We don’t long for counseling. (As for that hotline: I’ve spoken with a dozen current and former team employees; we have no idea what this is or how to find it.) We want equitable pay. We need to be treated with respect. When deserved, we ought to be given the same promotions as our male counterparts.
Melissa Weishaupt: I’m using my name because I know that the human resources department is not always a safe haven. At the Mavericks—and I’m sure elsewhere—HR was there to protect management, not employees. Many workers, especially middle-class and minority workers do not have a voice or an advocate at their jobs. They should chronicle what happens around them, find a support group outside of work. But they should be cautious in dealing with HR. Yes, I was harassed while I worked for the Mavericks. But I am using my name now because I will never say that I am a victim. I am tougher. I am wiser. I am my own advocate.
Scott Kushner: I reached Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban, on #Pelicans’ owner Tom Benson’s death: “It’s a sad day for professional sports. Mr. Benson has always been an incredible advocate for his teams and the city of New Orleans.”
Carlisle made it clear that he believes Cuban was dealt a low blow after a story this week detailed a sexual assault claim seven years ago that police ultimately dismissed as unfounded. The report surfaced in the wake of the franchise’s front-office scandal. “Very sad,” Carlisle said after practice. “And I view that situation as a baseless and journalistically unethical rehashing of a proven non-event. That’s what that is. “Have you ever heard the term fake news? This is the most insidious form.”