Mark Cuban Rumors
Boyd, a 23-year-old Cleveland native, went first overall to Mavs Gaming — one of 17 2K League teams owned by NBA franchises — meaning Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will be his new boss. And, yes, they get paid — more than G League players, in fact. Boyd and the other 16 first-round picks will earn a starting salary of $35,000, while NBA 2K League players selected in rounds two through six will make $32,000. There’s also a $1 million prize pool dispersed over the league’s three in-season tournaments and playoffs. On top of that, the 2K League will cover travel and housing costs as well as medical and retirement benefits for their players, who will take up residence in their host cities. G League players, meanwhile, earn either $19,000 or $26,000, depending on which tier they’re assigned to. The NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement did allow for teams to sign a pair of two-way players to starting salaries of $75,000 in the G League and as much as $275,000 if they play in the NBA.
Eddie Sefko: Mark Cuban on Nerlens Noel’s suspension for anti-drug agreement violation: “It’s an unfortunate situation. But he’s still a part of this organization and we’ll support him anyway we can.”
A former employee at the American Airlines Center in Dallas has filed a petition seeking documents from the Mavericks and to depose owner Mark Cuban in consideration of a lawsuit she might bring for racial discrimination. Michelle Newsome filed the petition in Dallas County Court on Thursday alleging that Cuban tried to “sweep under the rug” a 2011 incident at American Airlines Center that a noose was found in the IT closet across from Cuban’s suite.
Newsome, who is African-American, heard of the presence of the noose from a male employee, who is also African-American, who found it before the Mavericks’ Feb. 23, 2011 game. According to her petition, a contractor who works with the Arena Operating Company, which operates the American Airlines Center, put the noose in the closet. Her petition states the male employee who found it took a photo of it. That employee, who provided an affidavit about what he saw, said Cuban threw the noose in the trash.
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.