Dallas Mavericks: Misconduct investigation complete with repercussions
By Kohl Rast
The NBA investigation into Dallas Mavericks workplace misconduct has concluded, resulting in major fines/donations from owner Mark Cuban. Team front office will also be under heavy, NBA-mandated sanctions.
Word came down this morning via Brad Townsend for Dallas Morning News, that the workplace misconduct investigation performed by the NBA on the Dallas Mavericks would release their report later today. Before the report was released to the public, the sanctions and fines were released via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The biggest part of the punishment that will be doled out by the NBA is an agreed upon $10 million fine/donation from Mark Cuban. This donation will go to “organizations that promote women in leadership roles and combat domestic violence,” said Wojnarowski.
The NBA has a cap fine of $2.5 million that it can deal out, meaning that Cuban likely played a part in getting the sum up to $10 million.
The investigation began after it was found that the Dallas Mavericks had multiple staff members either engaging in misconduct with other employees or helping to keep that misconduct unreported. The names brought about in the report have all been fired and replaced since the investigation began, however there are still employees in the organization that were affected by this misconduct in one way or another.
Other sanctions from the NBA that have been reported so far include: a quarterly report to the NBA office, immediate report to the league of any significant misconduct from an employee and enhanced training on workplace behavior.
This news comes just days before the Dallas Mavericks media day leading up to the preseason. Many questions will likely be asked on Friday as to what the Mavs organization (including new Mavs CEO, Cynthia Marshall) will be doing to fix the culture in the organization.
We will continue to keep you all updated on the facts of the case as they develop.