The Dallas Mavericks have reacted swiftly and strongly to an article from Sports Illustrated that detailed several examples of how uncomfortable of a work environment they harbored the past two decades. SI published an article on Tuesday night by Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther titled “Inside the Corrosive Workplace of the Dallas Mavericks.” The article centers mostly on the team’s former president and CEO for nearly 20 years, Terdema Ussery. The article begins with a strong example of his harassment, which included him saying to a female employee she was going to get gang-banged that weekend. Beyond that, SI reported multiple examples of sexual inappropriate conduct by Ussery towards female employees. “Two women claimed to SI that Ussery harassed them for years. These incidents ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women’s calves and thighs during meetings,” the article states. SI says Ussery was investigated in 1998 after several complaints of inappropriate behavior. Ussery was retained (and continued working with the team until 2015). The Mavericks brought in a new head of human resources, whom many describe as not being sensitive towards complaints about the work environment. Ussery ended up leaving for Under Armour but resigned after less than two months on the job following a complaint made by a female employee to human resources about his sexual inappropriateness.
Mavericks issue statement in response to SI article on uncomfortable workplace
Larry Brown Sports | Feb 21