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For Women Working For The Mavs, Former CEO’s Misconduct ‘Was Part Of The Job’

The reports of sexual misconduct spanned almost two decades

The American Airlines Center is the home of the Dallas Mavericks. Women interviewed for Sports Illustrated said the players always treated them with respect.

Sports Illustrated published an investigative report this week alleging former Dallas Mavericks president Terdema Ussery engaged in inappropriate conduct and created a workplace that was hostile for women.

Those reports spanned almost two decades.

“The women never really knew when they were going to be sexually harassed,” reporter and author Jessica Luther said. “[They felt] there was no way to report it in a way that would result in any changes, so it was just part of the job.”

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fired the team's head of human resources and a writer for the team's website. And the team has tapped outside counsel to investigate. Luther, who also wrote the book “Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape,” says questions remain about what Cuban knew and when he knew it.


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