Mark Cuban Rumors
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he didn’t suspend Mark Cuban because the Mavericks owner was never directly implicated in the misconduct toward women within his organization. Silver acknowledged Friday that Cuban should have been more aware of what was going on, but felt a suspension wasn’t warranted.
Silver also cited Cuban’s response to the original “Sports Illustrated” report detailing years of examples of a hostile workplace for women on the business side of the team, and the organization’s cooperation with investigators afterward in choosing not to hand down further punishment.
Mark Cuban’s $10 million pledge to boost female leadership programs — a commitment made after a sexual harassment investigation — will include $100,000 for Fort Worth’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy. YWLA is the Fort Worth district’s first and only single-gender school for young women. The funds will support efforts to prepare young women for college, STEM and visual arts education, leadership service and health/wellness programs funded by the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth.
The donation from the Dallas Mavericks owner was among seven he made to North Texas non-profits that totaled $850,000 and came during North Texas Giving Day, which was Thursday, according to a news release from the school district.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith argued that Cuban should have been banned from the game of basketball for six months, and that the Mavericks should have been forced to surrender a first-round draft pick. “Mark Cuban should have been suspended for half the season. He should have been banned from NBA games. He should have been banned from the business of basketball. Banned from an association with the game of basketball for six months. And the Dallas Mavericks should have [lost] a first-round draft pick.
Now that’s suffering the basketball team, and we understand that because the basketball side didn’t have anything to do with the business side, and obviously there’s collateral damage that comes along with that. But when you are the owner, you’re not just the owner of the basketball side. You’re the owner of the business side as well. And I take no pleasure in saying that, because again, I got a lot of love for Mark Cuban. But we have to pay attention to what’s going on here. In fairness and in full disclosure, I’ve spoken to the NBA office. Their mentality has been ‘Mark Cuban was forthcoming. Mark Cuban didn’t make any excuses. Mark Cuban was incredibly cooperative,’ and where they distinguish the difference between him and a Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and a Jerry Richardson, former owner of the Carolina Panthers in the National Football League – their direct actions was what was offensive and ultimately something that had to be dealt with. Mark Cuban wasn’t the culprit here.”
Rachel Nichols: Mark, I appreciate you being here. I want to get your reaction to this report as it came out. Mark Cuban: First, just an apology to the women involved. The women that in a couple cases were assaulted and not just to them, but their families, because this is not something that just is an incident and then it’s over — it stays with people, it stays with families, and I’m just sorry I didn’t see it. I’m just sorry I didn’t recognize it. And I just hope that out of this, you know, we’ll be better, and we can avoid it, and we can help make everybody just smarter about the whole thing.