Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fined $600K for tanking comments

One woman interviewed by SI said that when she complained about Ussery to her superior, former vice president of marketing Paul Monroe, he threatened to fire her if she "didn't shut up and do [your] job", and to just take the abuse from Ussery because "he's the boss".

"I will say that Mark has a long track record of being provocative, and it was something that we spoke to him directly about". I'm sure it's still going on'.

In July 2015, the athletic brand announced it had hired Ussery as president of global sports categories - responsible for organizing management of all brand and business units globally - with an effective start date of September 14, 2015. A company spokesperson declined to confirm when Ussery left the company or the circumstances behind his exit.

"While we can not disclose specific personnel matters, Under Armour takes these matters very seriously", the company said.

The report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement.

"I mean, this is all new to me".

In response to the story being published, Cuban stated that he has recently fired Buddy Pittman who was the team's vice president of human resources. 'I abided by the details of that contract for four years, and received counseling during that period to avoid future instances.

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Cuban vehemently denied accusations that he knew of the problem ahead of time.

The NBA created a new, confidential hotline for team and league employees to address concerns about improper conduct and harassment around the league, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBA has said it will monitor the investigation closely. There have also been allegations that Ussery even proposed to end his marriage in hopes to seduce female employees.

"I earned it", Cuban told The Associated Press when asked about the latest fine. There's all these things that can happen if you don't play your minutes hard.

According to the NBA, Cuban's comments were detrimental to the league.

The report focuses partly on Terdema L. Ussery II, the National Basketball Association team's former president and CEO. And the team has tapped outside counsel to investigate.

Cuban was never accused of harassing any employees himself by anyone the SI reporters spoke with. On Wednesday, Cuban was hit with a $600,000 fine for admitting that tanking is his team's best option and communicating that to his players.

Cuban openly admitted that he told his Mavs players that because they are out of playoff contention for the second successive season, their best option for the remainder of the campaign is to lose.

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