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Cuban in 2017: When You Get a Bad Boss, You Don’t Just Quit

Cuban owns the Dallas Mavericks, an NBA team whose employees told Sports Illustrated about numerous instances of sexual harassment and abuse.

By NTK Staff | 02.21.2018 @2:00pm

Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner and frequent critic of President Trump, said he was “embarrassed” by a Sports Illustrated report that chronicled his organization as one “rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior.”

Former staffers told Sports Illustrated about numerous instances of sexual harassment and abuse, and a corporate leadership indifferent to the allegations.

Specifically, former Mavericks President Terdema Ussery is accused of telling one female employee that she was “going to get gang-banged.” Another employee said he repeatedly asked her to have sex with him, even claiming he would leave his wife if she did. Still another accused him of putting his hand “about halfway up” her thigh while they were both sitting in chairs.

The Mavericks hired Ussery three years before Cuban bought the team, and Ussery stayed on as president until June 2015. He denies the allegations.

“It’s wrong”

Cuban “professed ignorance,” according to The Washington Post, and offered this apology:

“It’s wrong. It’s abhorrent. It’s not a situation we condone. 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? Do we have any issues I have to be aware of?’ And the answer was no.”

Besides hiring an outside law firm to conduct “a thorough and independent investigation,” the Mavericks said they had fired Buddy Pittman, their human resources director, and had earlier fired an employee who “misled the organization about a prior domestic violence incident.”

“I’m embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed. Period. End of story,” Cuban added.

“A really bad boss”

Cuban campaigned for Trump opponent Hillary Clinton in 2016 and has been a frequent critic of Trump since he took office.

Last August, Cuban told a Dallas audience that he believed Trump was “an idiot.”

The event, held at the House of Blues and moderated by CNN’s Van Jones, also included a brief allegory from Cuban about Trump being a “bad boss.” He explained to attendees how he would handle having a “really bad boss”:

Cuban, a tech billionaire and the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, spoke about the country in business terms. When asked if he’d invest in the government if it were a company, Cuban said no, but added that the problem is fixable.

“Every now and then you hire the wrong CEO. How many people here have worked for really bad bosses?” Cuban asked the crowd of about 350 people. “When you get a really bad boss, you don’t just quit, particularly if it’s your company. … You believe in that company.”

Cuban’s remarks are ironic, given that he harbored a sexual abuser for over a decade as his team’s president. The employees who served under Ussery would likely categorize him as a “really bad boss,” or likely worse.

Trump and Cuban have known each other for years, and the origin of their current beef is somewhat unknown. But given the accusations lobbed against Cuban’s leadership team, perhaps he should focus more on making things right in his own company before criticizing others.

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