The Dallas Mavericks released a statement about an hour before a scathing story was published by Sports Illustrated on Tuesday night that detailed a work culture that one former team employee called ''a real-life Animal House.''
The Mavericks said in the statement “there is no room for such conduct in the Mavericks’ workplace.”
The story describes the shocking conduct of former team president and CEO Terdema Ussery. Two women told the outlet that Ussery, who left the NBA team in 2015, made requests for sex and touched women’s legs during meetings among other forms of harassment.
Ussery, whose tenure with the team began before Mark Cuban took ownership in 2000, was subject of an internal investigation after several female employees lodged complaints in the summer of 1998, according to Sports Illustrated. Ussery's contract was renewed.
“The Dallas Mavericks have received information about behavior in our workplace that appears to have violated the organization’s standards of conduct,” the team said in the statement. “It has been alleged that a former officer of the organization engaged in various acts of inappropriate conduct toward women over a period of years. This individual left the employment of the Mavericks nearly three years ago and the Mavericks have only learned of the scope of these complaints in the past days. ... The Mavericks organization takes these allegations extremely seriously.”
Cuban called the conduct detailed in the story “abhorrent.”
“It’s not a situation we condone,” Cuban told Sports Illustrated. “I can’t tell you how many times, particularly since all this (#MeToo) stuff has been coming out recently I asked our HR director, ‘Do we have a problem? Do we have any issues I have to be aware of?’ And the answer was ‘no.’ ”
A pair of crashes took some of the biggest names in NASCAR out of the running at Sunday's Daytona 500.
The biggest pileup came on Lap 129, when 16 cars suffered damage and seven-time Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson was knocked out of the race.
The trouble began when Jamie McMurray tapped Johnson's No. 48 car, moving it from the top lane down the track, where it was hit by Trevor Bayne.
"Really? I mean the whole back straightaway, two of ‘em tried to crash me," Johnson said on his car radio.
In addition to Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Danica Patrick, and Chris Buescher were knocked out of the race. Eventual race winner Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick were involved in the melee but stayed on the track.
Twenty-five laps earlier, Kyle Busch caused a five-car crash when he blew out his right rear tire entering Turn 3, taking out his Toyota teammates and fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the process.
LeBron James and Kevin Durant have both responded to comments made by Fox News' Laura Ingraham that were critical of the two for what they said about Donald Trump in a video with ESPN's Cari Champion for the UNINTERRUPTED.
After James said Trump "really don't give a f--- about the people," Ingraham said James and Durant should "shut up and dribble" instead of discussing politics.
When asked about the comments Saturday during All-Star media availability, James said he laughed at first when he initially heard of the comments and that Ingraham's reaction proves what he has been saying about societal issues is correct. He added that he means "too much to society" and the youth to not use his platform in ways like this.
Ingraham's attacks on Thursday night drew responses across the media and entertainment landscape.
Fox News 10 p.m. host Laura Ingraham waded into the culture wars on Thursday night when she ripped basketball star LeBron James for criticizing Donald Trump in a video, telling him to "shut up and dribble." She also called James' commentary "barely intelligible," a remark some construed as having racial understones.
On Friday night, she addressed the backlash to her comments, which was so widespread that even actress Ellen Pompeo posted the video of the segment and wrote on Twitter: "Someone tell this bitch to meet me outside... Im so not in the mood for playing nice or polite this week."
Ingraham said that her criticism of James, a black athlete, was not race-based, and pointed out that she's been mocking celebrities for wading into political commentary for many years, using some variation of "shut up and [insert occupation]."
"Today, the media reacted as if I cursed somebody out and played the race card," Ingraham said. "When I call them out for their insipid commentary, they immediately throw out the race card."
Thursday on “The Ingraham Angle,” host Laura Ingraham responded to Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James’ incendiary remarks that President Trump does not “give a f*** about the people.”
Ingraham advised viewers to not seek political advice from someone who “gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball,” adding that James should just “shut up and dribble.”
“I’m numb to this commentary,” Ingraham stated. “Must they run their mouth like that? A lot of kids and some adults take these ignorant comments seriously. Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in Lebron for kids: This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it’s always unwise to get political advice from someone gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball. Oh, LeBron and Kevin [Durant], you’re great players, but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So, keep the political commentary to yourself, or as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”
Ingraham released the following statement regarding her comments:
In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called ‘Shut Up & Sing,’ in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics. I’ve told Robert DeNiro to ‘Shut Up & Act,’ Jimmy Kimmel to ‘Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,’ and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to ‘Shut up & Coach.’ If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks – false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism. Additionally, we stated on my show that these comments came from an ESPN podcast, which was not the case – the content was unaffiliated with ESPN.
Four Blackhawks fans may never be allowed back in the United Center again.
According to the Washington Post, the group of hecklers taunted Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly while he was in the penalty box with chants of “basketball, basketball, basketball.”
Smith-Pelly happens to be black.
“There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism,” remarked Capitals head coach Barry Trotz. “I think it’s disgusting. There’s no place for it. Athletes in our country don’t deserve that. It just shows ignorance.”
That kick came out of the future.
Britain's Elise Christie suffered a serious fall during the Women's 1500m Short track semi-finals, as she got tangled with China's Li Jinyu, at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Female aerial freestyle skier crashes out of the Winter Olympics in dramatic style. The sport is known for being particularly risky with 49% of aerial skiers in Sochi reporting injuries.
This is the terrifying moment Swiss skier Lara Gut crashes into photographers during the giant slalom at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
This is the gruesome moment Norwegian ice hockey star Kristian Forsberg is accidentally kicked in the face by one of the opposing teammates. He leaves holding a bloodied tissue to his face.
A KIM JONG-UN impersonator says he was dragged out of the Winter Olympics by "North Korean heavies" after turning up in character and dancing in front of regime cheerleaders.
Photos taken today show the lookalike - who is notorious for appearing at public events dressed as the despot - waving to the country's cheerleader team at a united Korea hockey game against Japan.
Impersonator Howard today exclusively told The Sun: "I was actually late to the game. When I arrived, I went straight over to the North Korean cheerleaders and waving the flag and supporting them on and clapping.
"They looked really surprised and shocked. Some of them laughed, and got it, but most of them were totally shocked and I was told to sit down by a few heavies.
"After that a few heavies rushed over really p***ed off and I suspect they were North Korean delegates, just by the way they were dressed. I can't confirm, but (they were) most likely North Korean.
"They dragged me out and they kicked me in the shins and were shouting something really angrily in Korean."
Terrifying moment American luger Emily Sweeney crashes into wall at high-speed
An ice hockey player who smashed a fan in the head with his stick could get away with the act unless the victim comes forward.
Police have said unless the victim cooperates the player will not face criminal charges after the attack in Guildford last month, Get Surrey reports.
The outburst came from former Milton Keynes Lightning defenseman, Matt Nickerson, towards a Guildford Flames fan.
And the shocking scene was captured on camera and reported to police.
The incident happened as Nickerson left the ice just as the game was coming to an end on January 28.
Was this his corner's idea?
ICE cool skater Yura Min didn't let a nightmare wardrobe malfunction ruin her Olympic debut today.
The South Korean star's skimpy red dress slipped just seconds into her short dance routine threatening to reveal just a little too much to the millions watching around the world.
As she was spun around by partner Alexander Gamelin, she had to keep adjusting her red top to prevent showing off more than her medal ambitions.
At one point the top slipped just a little too far but instead of going into a flap Yura just carried on with her well-rehearsed routine.
Yura, who was competing in the figure skating team event, was praised by commentators for recovering from the sartorial setback with so much style.
The skater, a dual citizen of South Korea and the United States, told the Detroit Free Press that the hook on her top came undone just seconds into her routine.
Video footage shows the moment a mass brawl involving 60 people broke out at a US high-school basketball match.
Several small fights can be seen covering the entire court as others try and diffuse the situation.
A police officer and a high school basketball player were treated for minor injuries with police officers forced to ask for backup from neighbouring police departments.
Firefighters were also called to help ventilate the school after officers used their pepper spray.
The incident took place in Clairton, Pennsylvania during a match between Clairton and Monessen schools on February 6.
WARNING - DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME: The dangerous version of the beautiful game is played in Indonesia - but none of the players linger on the ball for too long
Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo goes up for an alley-oop dunk and literally jumps over the New York Knicks' Tim Hardaway Jr. to throw it down.
Like many Philadelphia Eagles fans, comedian Kevin Hart just wanted to celebrate the team’s first Super Bowl victory. He was able to do just that … until he tried to get on the stage during the Super Bowl trophy presentation.
As Darrell Green was bringing the Lombardi Trophy up to the stage, NBC cameras caught a member of NFL security denying Hart from trying to get up there during the celebration.
Former NFL running back Herschel Walker accused the NFL of essentially giving out "hush money" to stop players from kneeling for the national anthem.
The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner highlighted the fact that the NFL in late November offered $100 million to social justice organizations favored by players.
The move was widely viewed as an attempt by the league to end the controversy surrounding the anthem protests.
"The league gave the players a large sum of money toward their cause. That's hush money," he said, adding that players never should have been kneeling in the first place.
It was an incredible moment for the high school basketball team at Imagine Prep, when a special needs player made an impressive three-pointer shot, during a game a week ago.
The crowd instantly erupted in cheers, including players from the opposing team. Derek Waggoner recalls the crowd chanting his name from the bleachers, as he positioned himself for a three-pointer shot.
After his first attempt, he was given a second chance. The ball goes in and the crowd roars with excitement. Waggoner has a developmental disability. However, despite the everyday challenges, he remains committed to putting his all, into everything he does.
"Just seeing Derek everyday is remarkable," said Sean Sachau, Athletic Director for Imagine Prep. "He is a good kid. He's got a passion for sports."
Sachau says Waggoner has always enjoyed shooting a three-pointer.
"It feels like the further he gets back, the better accuracy he has, so he lined up right up across the half court line, and he drained it," said Sachau.
The best part of the night was everyone in the crowd cheering Waggoner on, even those from the opposing team.
"Just to see the reaction of all the kids come together after he made the shot was truly remarkable," said Sachau.
Waggoner's teammates say he always keeps them going.
"He makes us want to go harder, and he's always out there pushing us, and we just love having him," said one player.
"My teammates are good stuff right there," said Waggoner. "It's been awesome."
"It's a special moment that he is going to live with for the rest of his life," said Sachau.
It hasn’t been the craziest week in terms of Super Bowl storylines. That was, until Sunday morning.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini shared this via Twitter: “Right now on ESPN NFL Countdown it’s brought to light about what many in the league have been hearing which this game could possibly be both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s final games. Both could be hanging it up. Post game could be incredible tonight if this becomes truth.”
Right now on @espn NFL Countdown it’s brought to light about what many in the league have been hearing which this game could possibly be both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s final games. Both could be hanging it up. Post game could be incredible tonight if this becomes truth.
MMA fighter Timothy Woods knocks himself out 83 sec. into the fight.
Australian tennis brat Nick Kyrgios breaks his racquet in a tantrum during the Davis Cup.
Russell Westbrook and a Denver Nuggets fan get into a minor altercation on the Pepsi Center court after the Oklahoma City Thunder's 127-124 loss behind Gary Harris' buzzer-beating 3.
The father of three Larry Nassar sex assault victims lunged at the disgraced doctor in a Michigan courtroom Friday, just moments after yelling he wanted "one minute with that b------!"
After two of his daughters spoke, the father, Randall Margraves, asked the judge to grant him “five minutes in a locked room with this demon.” The judge denied the request, so the man asked for one minute and then lunged at Nassar.
Court officers almost immediately subdued the man and he was not able to reach Nassar, who is accused of abusing hundreds of young girls.
“I want that son of a b----! Give me one minute with that b------!” Margraves yelled as he was handcuffed.
A teenage boy with Down's Syndrome made an incredible basketball trickshot to cheering crowds at his school - and a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.
James Meiergerd's special moment was captured on camera and shows just how pleased he was in the heartwarming moment.
The 18-year-old pulled of an amazing backward half-court basket - for the second time - after his first attempt went viral and was picked up by local news channels.
The clip was watched by the Harlem Globetrotters and they were so impressed that they decided to send one of their players, Orlando Melendez, to the teen's school in Nebraska to witness it for himself.
Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Canaan suffered a horrific lower leg injury that looked exactly the same as the one that struck down Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward.
As time wound down during his sides contest against the Dallas Mavericks and with the Suns holding an 18-point lead, Canaan drove towards the rim.
Launching off the court and towards the hoop, Canaan was bumped by Mavericks guards Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Matthews as he tumbled off balance.
Canaan landed on the hardwood with his left foot caught under his body with the impact of the landing forcing the severe injury.
As if the crossover wasn't vicious enough, Tyrik Dixon pointed at him.
Roger Federer withstood a Marin Cilic comeback to successfully defend his Australian Open title and win a 20th grand slam crown.
Cilic recovered from two sets to one and a break down to force a fifth set but Federer proved stronger in the end to win 6-2 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 and join Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson in claiming his sixth title in Melbourne.
The 36-year-old, the second oldest man to win a slam title behind Ken Rosewall, moves four clear again of Rafael Nadal in terms of overall titles and is only three behind Serena Williams and four adrift of all-time record holder Margaret Court.
When Cilic lost the first four games in 12 minutes, it looked like the match might be as one-sided as their Wimbledon final last summer, when struggles with blisters reduced the Croatian to tears.
This was the third time Cilic has been in this position having won the US Open in 2014 but the nerves were obvious as he lined up against a man in his 30th slam final.