Mavericks coach calls report detailing sexual assault allegations against Mark Cuban the 'most insidious form' of fake news

  • An Oregon newspaper published details of a case in which a woman accused Mark Cuban of sexual assault.
  • No charges were filed in the case, but there were some disturbing details, including a photo a detective reportedly called “significant.”
  • Rick Carlisle defended Cuban, calling the report the ‘most insidious form’ of fake news.

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle did not mince his words when asked about the recent report detailing a 2011 allegation of sexual assault made against team owner Mark Cuban.

Carlisle was asked about the report after practice on Tursday and called it the worst kind of “fake news.”

“Very sad,” Carlisle said (via the Dallas Morning News). “And I view that situation as a baseless and journalistically unethical rehashing of a proven non-event. That’s what that is. Have you ever heard the term ‘fake news’? This is the most insidious form.”

Earlier this week, an Oregon newspaper published details of a case in which a woman accused Cuban of sexual assault. No charges were filed in the case, but there were some disturbing details, including a photo a detective reportedly called “significant.” Cuban emphatically denied the allegation.

The NBA is reviewing the matter. When Cuban was contacted by Business Insider by email, he wrote, “It didn’t happen.”

This report came two weeks after a Sports Illustrated report described the Mavericks’ front office as a “hostile work environment” for women. Cuban was not accused of any misconduct in the SI report, but it prompted questions about what he knew, or should have known, as the head of the organisation. Cuban fired two employees over the allegations in the report.

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