Cynthia Marshall Rumors
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, head coach Rick Carlisle, players Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway, Jr., Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell and CEO Cynt Marshall have joined forces with The Mavs Foundation and official jersey partner Chime to donate over $1.25 million in emergency grants and relief following the winter blast that devastated the state over the past week.
When Mark Cuban contacted Cynt Marshall about joining the Dallas Mavericks three years ago, however, Marshall’s ignorance emerged. “I didn’t know who he was,” Marshall told USA TODAY Sports about Cuban. “I had a big job. I’m raising four kids. I just didn’t know who he was.” Cuban knew about Marshall, however, despite her lack of connections in NBA circles. Marshall had worked for 36 years at AT&T, a place where she had leadership roles aimed at improving diversity and work-place culture practices.
“Mark showed genuine sincerity about wanting to have a culture change and wanting to get underneath what had happened to make the place better for people,” Marshall said. “He was very transparent about the stuff he should’ve known, and the things he wished he had done.” After consulting various team employees and praying, Marshall then accepted Cuban’s offer about a month after the SI report’s publication. Since then, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle described Marshall as “one of the great leaders that I’ve ever been around” and “has transformed this organization into one of the great examples of equality and diversity.”
After the NBA ruled that all teams are required to play the national anthem once fans are welcomed back into arenas, Cuban said in a statement that he would follow the league’s policy. He added, “we respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country. But we also loudly hear the voices of those who feel that the anthem does not represent them.” Marshall supported Cuban’s decision even though she has personally stood for the anthem ever since she was a child. As Cuban wrote in an e-mail, “she was able to provide perspectives that I didn’t have. It’s not an easy discussion, but it was an important one.”
There will be changes. And the timeline for a return to whatever the new normal will be is unknown. Even so, Cynthia Marshall said that while nobody can know when we come out of this, we can determine how we come out of it. “We do know there will be a new normal in how we interact,” Marshall said. “We’re going to have Mavs’ masks, with the Mavs’ logo, we’re going to have gloves — even outside of games, just to help us live differently. We’re thinking of all of that just in terms of our people coming back to work.”
At the arena, she said, “we’re thinking about what kind of touchless mechanisms we will have. We’ll have thermometers that when you get within 10 feet, they’ll take your temperature automatically. There’s so much stuff out there. We have time to plan and come up with all kind of scenarios to make this a good experience for our fans. Rest assured we will have thought it out. “