Reached by SI on Monday, Cuban expressed embarrassment and horror at the accusations—but insisted he had no knowledge of the corrosive culture in his offices. “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.”
The Dallas Mavericks issue the following statement from owner Mark Cuban on an upcoming Sports Illustrated article: The Dallas Mavericks have received information about behavior in our workplace that appears to have violated the organization’s standards of conduct. It has been alleged that a former officer of the organization engaged in various acts of inappropriate conduct toward women over a period of years. This individual left the employment of the Mavericks nearly three years ago and the Mavericks have only learned of the scope of these complaints in the past days.
The Mavericks organization takes these allegations extremely seriously. Yesterday we notified the league office and immediately hired outside counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation. The investigation will focus on the specific allegations related to this former employee, and will look more broadly at our company’s workplace practices and policies. In addition, an employee whose job was to receive and investigate such complaints and report them accurately and fully, has been suspended pending the conclusion of our investigation.
Multiple sources tell NetsDaily that the final deal between Mikhail Prokhorov and Joe Tsai is likely to be closed and announced in next week or so. As the deal was reported in late October, Tsai will pay $1.13 billion for 49 percent of the Nets with an option to take control in 2022. Prokhorov will retain 100 percent ownership of Barclays Center and the other venues his Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment controls including Nassau Coliseum.
Just last week, in a discussion of the Nets future with NetsDaily, GM Sean Marks noted, “We’re going to have to be patient, Mikhail’s going to have to be patient, Joe’s going to have to be patient, but by the end of the day, we all realize, ‘let’s build the foundation.’”
Nets officials have noted repeatedly over the last several months that Tsai, like Prokhorov, has bought into Marks long-term rebuild. In November, during a short back-and-forth between him and Bill Walton in Huangzhou, Tsai told the Hall of Famer that he expects his ownership to be “an interesting journey” and “a long-term project.” He also described Jeremy Lin, a Taiwanese-American, as his “favorite player.”