I’m not going to dive too deep into this because I barely know any of the facts involved with this story. What I do know is what Mark Cuban has admitted to, which is knowing that the CEO of the Mavericks, Terdema Ussery, had been sexually harassing female employees. As if that wasn’t bad enough another employee by the name of Earl Sneed, had been in trouble for abusing a women, and Cuban kinda just swept it under the rug. Well, finally the truth came out as it always does, and now Cuban is backed into a corner with his tail between his legs. Wasn’t so tough now, then the NBA laid maybe the softest punishment ever on him. They hit Cuban with a $600,000.00 fine. A lot of money to most people, not a lot of money to Mark Cuban. A slap on the wrist for basically ignoring every case of sexual assault and sexual harassment that went on under his watch.
What makes the situation so much worse is that not only did it happen within his organization, but Mark Cuban knew all about it. This fuck had the chance to fire these pencil dick scumbags, instead he decided to keep the preadators put, and did almost nothing about it. That’s completely unacceptable.
Adam Silver, I think you’re a great commissioner and have done everything right up until this point. However, Mark Cuban getting off with a petty fine was not the answer here. I would’ve at least threatened him with the possibility of forcing him to sell the franchise. There’s absolutely no place for that bullshit in sports and the fact that he as an owner was condoning that sort of behavior is appalling. I’m not going to lie it hurts me writing this because I was a huge Mark Cuban guy. The facts are the facts, though. Guess he really is just a misogynistic asshole after all. Very disappointing.
Update: This fine was for his pro tanking comments, not the sexual harassment scandal. This leads me to believe there’s still hope for the NBA to do the right thing. My gut feeling is that they won’t.