Mavs ‘appalled’ Sports Illustrated ran story before contacting them first
The Dallas Mavericks are “appalled” that Sports Illustrated published a story detailing sexual abuse allegations without the team receiving “all of the purported evidence,” according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
“It is concerning that Sports Illustrated published this piece with several facts having been omitted, mischaracterized and reported inaccurately. SI knows that this case was brought to the Mavs with a request for money and merchandise, however, the Mavs conducted a thorough investigation into all matters contained in the original email, including allegations of sexual assault. The Mavs have always responded immediately every time the alleged victim has reached out during and after the formal investigation process. The Mavs have always been in pursuit of the truth. The formal investigation is currently closed pending further credible evidence emerging and the zero-tolerance policy remains.”
The original story by Sports Illustrated acknowledged the alleged victim had typed an email to owner Mark Cuban himself but had gotten no response or follow up.
Tony Ronzone, the Mavs’ director of player personnel, was alleged as the abuser of a woman whom he worked with. The claims were viewed as invalid due to the lack of evidence, even when the woman claims her legal team offered to supply testimonies of conversations with coworkers, all of which went unanswered.
The Mavs are calling the article a “one-sided, incomplete, and sensational form of journalism, with its multiple inaccuracies, mischaracterizations, and omissions” that seek to harm the reputations of those involved.
Only two years ago, the Mavs had to bite the bullet for sexual assault allegations in their corporate offices, which resulted in Cuban making a hefty donation to sexual assault organizations to warrant league and public pardon. The NBA has yet to comment on the investigation.
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