In recent months, an intensified focus has been brought upon workplace misconduct, forcing offices and companies around the country to reinforce their behavioral training programs. Thus far, NBA organizations have been unaffected. However, no industry has proven to be exempt and it appears an upcoming Sports Illustrated exposé will reportedly implicate members of the Dallas Mavericks organization’s engagement in improper behavior.
At some point, the Mavericks were made aware and got ahead of the story on Tuesday evening by issuing a proactive response to the forthcoming allegations.
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) February 21, 2018
The Dallas Mavericks have received information about behavior in our workplace that appears to have violated the organization’s standards of conduct. It has been alleged that a former officer of the organization engaged in various acts of inappropriate conduct toward women over a period of years. This individual left the employment of the Mavericks nearly three years ago and the Mavericks have only learned of the scope of these complaints in the past days.
The Mavericks organization takes these allegations extremely seriously. Yesterday we notified the league office and immediately hired outside counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation. The investigation will focus on the specific allegations related to this former employee, and will look more broadly at our company’s workplace practices and policies. In addition, an employee whose job was to receive and investigate such complaints and report them accurately and fully, has been suspended pending the conclusion of our investigation.
In a separate matter, we have also learned that an employee misled the organization about a prior domestic violence incident. This employee was not candid about the situation and has been terminated.
There is no room for such conduct in the Mavericks’ workplace — or any workplace.
The Mavericks will provide all necessary resources to ensure that every current and former employee receives appropriate support. We will also conduct comprehensive training through experts and take the necessary steps to ensure that our workplace is a safe, respectful and productive one for all Dallas Mavericks employees.
We are committed — to our employees, our team and our fans — to meet the goals of dignity, security and fairness that define the Dallas Mavericks.
We will not make any further comments until after the completion of the investigation.
The Mavericks’ statement seems to lay out a narrative of separate, unrelated incidents, in addition to impropriety by a former employee, rather than an ongoing pervasive culture. Nonetheless, their statement discloses the launch of an internal investigation. Meanwhile, specific details of misconduct by employees, past or present, have not yet materialized.
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