The Dallas Mavericks office allegedly was an unsafe work environment for female employees, according to Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther of Sports Illustrated. After interviews with more than a dozen current and former Mavericks employees across several months, Wertheim and Luther reported the office had "a corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior." The negative environment was characterized as an "open secret" by these employees. Many of the complaints are against former team president Terdema Ussery, who resigned in 2015. Meanwhile, owner Mark Cuban—who was not accused of any form of harassment—denied knowledge of the extent of the problems within his organization. "This is all new to me," Cuban told Wertheim and Luther. "The only awareness I have is because I heard you guys were looking into some things. ... Based off of what I've read here, we just fired our HR person. I don't have any tolerance for what I've read." "It's wrong. It's abhorrent. It's not a situation we condone," he explained. Cuban said he is "embarrassed" that this happened under his ownership and it "needs to be fixed."