Adam Silver explains why misconduct allegation against Mavericks photographer was not included in original investigation report

  • A Sports Illustrated report released in February chronicled years of hostile conditions for women working on the business side of Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks.
  • In addition to franchise policy changes mandated by the NBA, Cuban donated $US10 million to organisations that support women in leadership roles to soften the blow.
  • Two weeks later, sexual misconduct allegations have surfaced against longtime team photographer Danny Bollinger.
  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver had been made aware of the allegations against Bollinger but decided in conjunction with the league office todefer=”defer”to Dallas’ new-look management and HR department rather than including it in the original investigation.

Seven months after a Sports Illustrated report chronicled years of hostile conditions for women working on the business side of Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that the league would require staffing, reporting, and policy changes for the franchise.

Cuban attempted to soften the blow by contributing $US10 million to women’s causes and domestic violence awareness initiatives, but just two weeks later, sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against longtime team photographer Danny Bollinger.

According to a report from Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, four former Mavericks employees said that Bollinger – a friend of Cuban’s since the 1990s – had a long history of making vulgar comments and propositioning employees in the workplace. Two of those women told George that they had spoken about the photographer’s lewd behaviour with officials during the original independent investigation, but Bollinger’s inappropriate behaviour was not featured in the ensuing 43-page report.

The team sent Bollinger home from the team’ trip to China on Thursday.

According to ESPN’s Tim McMahon, Silver had been made aware of the allegations against Bollinger, but decided in conjunction with the league office todefer=”defer”to Dallas’ new-look management and HR department:

“Part of the process, the new process we put in place with the Mavericks, was an ongoing reporting obligation to the league office,” Silver said before the Mavericks-Philadelphia 76ers preseason game. “So Cynthia Marshall has been in constant contact with Kathy Behrens at the league office. We were aware of those additional allegations, and we are monitoring how they are responding to them.

“When the investigators did their review of the Mavericks’ organisation, they made a decision to not make public allegations that were brought by employees who chose to remain anonymous. What they did at the end of the investigation was, in essence, shift to the new management of the Dallas Mavericks, run by Cynthia Marshall, their findings with an understanding that Cynthia Marshall, then using a more traditional human resources process, would continue to investigate particular employees and then act on them.”

After the original report was released, Cuban publicly expressed his remorse.

Here is Cuban’s initial interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols:

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