Mavericks’ situation raises obvious question: Which other teams have issues like this?

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First, the Carolina Panthers. Now, the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Sports Illustrated has done a great job of exposing previously hidden issues of inappropriate workplace conduct in the sports world.

The obvious question becomes this: Who’s next?

Everyone is officially on notice. Indeed, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban already had concerns about the issue, before becoming aware of the months-long effort to investigate his team.

“I can’t tell you how many times, particularly since all this [#MeToo] stuff has been coming out recently I asked our HR director, ‘Do we have a problem?'” Cuban said. “Do we have any issues I have to be aware of?’ And the answer was no.”

Cuban has since fired the HR director. Cuban also has fired Earl K. Sneed, a writer for the team’s official website who was: (1) arrested for assaulting his girlfriend during the 2010-11 season; (2) pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of family violence assault and interference with emergency request; (3) after the guilty plea, became unable to travel with the team to games played in Toronto; (4) nevertheless remained employed; (5) began dating a co-worker; (6) allegedly assaulted her in 2014; and (7) nevertheless remained employed, until this week.

The message to every NFL, NBA, NHL, and Major League Baseball is clear. Smoke out these issues on your own now, or risk that Sports Illustrated or someone else will do it for you, creating along the way a major embarrassment for failing to act in the absence of the glare that comes from being the subject of a meticulous journalistic investigation.

As Cuban has learned the hard way, asking the HR director whether there’s a problem may not be enough. These teams may have to hire outside firms to investigate them the way that Sports Illustrated has, in order to ensure that the situations are handled properly, especially if they previously were swept under the rug.

31 responses to “Mavericks’ situation raises obvious question: Which other teams have issues like this?

  1. Seems like Cuban did enough. Maybe the HD director didn’t know anything but ultimately knowing about these reported situations and relaying that info up is the HR directors job.

  2. Cuban seems like one of the good guys. He has an odd personality, most people clash with him. But he handles things head on, and seems to do what is necessary. It is refreshing to see an owner not afraid of what backlash may come. He could have hid this, just as easily. But instead he dug further and found the truth.

  3. rodgersrodgersheisking says:
    February 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm
    Feel for Cuban. He tried to do the right thing and deal with these issues and he was lied to by the HR director who was in charge of hiring and firing.

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    So, the most hands-on, and involved owner in the NBA had no idea? He never asked why old Sneedy was not on this road trip, or why he was dropped off in Philly, and met the team in NYC? His story makes no sense, considering the reports. I will enjoy watching Cuban blunder his way through this.

  4. This is going to hurt women in the long run. No man will even want to take a chance hiring them or trusting them for fear of being accused and found guilty with or without evidence. Right or wrong it is reality.

  5. I’m no big “me too” guy, but this stuff happens in every company in the US to some degree. Like the drill sergeant said in GI Jane (yeah I watched that movie — sorry): “She isn’t the problem, we are.”

  6. Cuban was too busy taking on the NFL to notice the dirt in his own house.

    BTW, I’m not buying his defense at all. The most hands-on owner in sports never heard of one single complaint?

    Might wanna fall on the sword before someone sticks it in you.

  7. 1st there is no comparison to the Panthers situation and this. Not a Cuban fan but come on a guy that writes for the website…about 10 levels to low on the org chart for Cuban to know he exists + he’s involved in about 75 companies including the Mav not including the TV show.

    Work is going to be a very blah place moving forward…outside of work specific discussions conversation is pretty much limited to good morning, whatcha getting for lunch & good evening…I will never socialize with a co-workers outside of work. Glad I’m not fresh out of college and my social circle is complete.

  8. Well when you condone tanking and thus create an atmosphere of losing in the locker room why should anybody else in the organization feel the need for accountability. You get what you are.

  9. Being a bit of a Mavs fan, I generally like Cuban. However, you have a writer for Mavs.com arrested AT THE TEAM FACILITY (for a domestic violence offense for which he pled guilty) and you don’t know anything about it? I find that hard to believe. I was born at night, but not last night.

  10. I thought this was going to be about him tanking the season.

    As for the “metoo” stuff, probably every company that has men and women working together has issues like this. Things have changed since the 60’s, but not that much.

  11. I am somewhat of a Cuban fan except at times he’s a bit full of himself. But really, you ask the HR director who lies to him. For what reason would you bother to lie? As the Shadow once said, ” who knows what evil lurks in the minds of men?” Was in retail all my life mostly mgt and was in a large oil company corp ( still retail) where we would have corp meetings. Creeps are going to be creeps & people know who they are. Instead of Me Too, why won’t a CEO etc just set up a special email address for people to complain anonymously? Then have someone he trusts check it out? Not every case calls for firing etc, but in this case hell yes. I mean he was arrested at team facilities 5 yrs ago. And as part of the story the former CEO was employeed for 18 yrs & was a pig most of that time. At work at all times, maintain a hands off approach. Don’t cross the line. And have a person who you can trust 100% to tell you the truth at all times ( maybe a VP) who only reports to Cuban. It’s not hard folks.

  12. Companies should have an outside contractor come in and audit their HR/sexual harassment policies/practices/performance. I know they probably don’t want to lay out the $ to do so, but if financial audits are required/routine then why shouldn’t this be?

  13. “This is going to hurt women in the long run. No man will even want to take a chance hiring them or trusting them for fear of being accused and found guilty with or without evidence. Right or wrong it is reality.”

    It is going to hurt women in the long run b/c a couple of guys got fired for domestic assault? It has nothing to do with hiring women.

    The answer is NOT to avoid hiring women, which is illegal in and of itself. The answer is to change the culture of harassment in the workplace. Companies who make an honest effort to do this will not have problems going forward.

  14. To compare this to Carolina the story we need to read as follows…

    Cuban owner : (1) arrested for assaulting his girlfriend during the 2010-11 season; (2) pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of family violence assault and interference with emergency request; (3) after the guilty plea, became unable to travel with the team to games played in Toronto; (4) began dating a co-worker; (5) allegedly assaulted her in 2014;

  15. Most every team. Honestly, that’s why it’s somewhat comical when front office people talk about building teams with a lot of guys with character. Most of them lack character as well and partake in the same stuff if not worse than the players.

  16. Hire an outside firm to investigate them, like Sports Illustrated did? Sports Illustrated probably got a tip from someone who works there. I highly doubt they just chose a franchise and started asking cold-calling employees.

  17. I don’t know how anybody could think Cuban knew none of this was going on. He’s the most hands-on owner in sports, he knows everything going on in that organization.

  18. Liberalsruineverything says:
    February 21, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    This is going to hurt women in the long run. No man will even want to take a chance hiring them or trusting them for fear of being accused and found guilty with or without evidence. Right or wrong it is reality.

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    This is going to hurt men with a background of sketchy behavior get high end jobs. After decades of scummy people in positions of power getting away with everything I’m loving all these people getting what they deserve. I’m also finding a lot less of people with high paying jobs strictly from their family’s connections. I’ve earned where I am and I will make sure my sons do too.

  19. This in fact pales to what the 76 ers have done in the last 6 years. Say what you want about cleveland but the games i watched they played damn hard , just weren’t good enough

  20. jxt2521 says:
    February 21, 2018 at 4:48 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    February 21, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    This is going to hurt women in the long run. No man will even want to take a chance hiring them or trusting them for fear of being accused and found guilty with or without evidence. Right or wrong it is reality.

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    This is going to hurt men with a background of sketchy behavior get high end jobs. After decades of scummy people in positions of power getting away with everything I’m loving all these people getting what they deserve. I’m also finding a lot less of people with high paying jobs strictly from their family’s connections. I’ve earned where I am and I will make sure my sons do too.
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    You might be right. I might be right too. Reality sucks regardless of your opinion or mine in this situation. When the dust settles good people will lose along with the bad ones. Deal with it.

  21. All of them. Anywhere men have power working around attractive women, this goes on. It’s a matter of what do the other equally powerful men who work with them do about it to stop it because that’s the only way it will. There is a fast food manager somewhere right now doing this if his regional supervisors and others who are aware do nothing because his store performs well, and no misogynists who say the answer is that women won’t get hired. No, the answer is that men need to stop bothering women because they look nice and work subordinate to them. If you’re considered a nice looking man, would you like a gay man doing this to you? Didn’t think so.

    Cuban and other powerful men in the Mavericks obviously did nothing while he was busy telling his team to tank and criticizing other businesses, yet didn’t know somehow this was going on. Okay sure, Mark.

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