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Mavericks acknowledge report of workplace misconduct

The Mavericks released a statement Tuesday acknowledging prior workplace misconduct allegations made in a Sports Illustrated article.

The article alleges former Mavericks president and chief executive officer Terdema Ussery and other officials with the team engaged in various acts of inappropriate conduct toward women over a period of years.

SI found in its months-long investigation a corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior.

I don’t want it. It’s not something that’s acceptable. I’m embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed. Period. End of story.

The NBA released the following statement Tuesday night:

The Dallas Mavericks have informed us of the allegations involving former team president Terdema Ussery and Mavs.com writer Earl Sneed. This alleged conduct runs counter to the steadfast commitment of the NBA and its teams to foster safe, respectful and welcoming workplaces for all employees. Such behavior is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter.

The NBA announced today that it has fined the Los Angeles Lakers $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule, the league said in a statement. The fine is in response to statements regarding the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo made by Earvin Johnson in a recent media interview.

In a recent interview with ESPN.com, Johnson, the president of basketball operation for the Lakers, heaped praise on Antetokounmpo, stating he’s the type of player who can lead a team to a championship.

Oh yeah, Johnson told ESPN. With his ball-handling skills and his passing ability. He plays above the rim I never could do that. But in his understanding of the game, his basketball IQ, his creativity of shots for his teammates. That’s where we [have the] same thing. Can bring it down, make a pass, make a play. I’m just happy he’s starting in the All-Star game because he deserves that. And he’s going to be like an MVP, a champion, this dude he’s going to put Milwaukee on the map. And I think he’s going to bring them a championship one day.

Johnson even compared Antetokounmpo to LeBron James and Stephen Curry, two players with multiple rings.

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