Dirk Nowitzki On Mavs Sexual Misconduct Allegations: "Truly Disgusting"

Mark Cuban says 'losing is best option' for Mavs. Do Hawks feel the same?

The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

The Mavericks, at 18-40, have the third-worst record in the National Basketball Association despite the presence of Dirk Nowitzki, a likely future Hall of Famer, and a promising rookie, Dennis Smith Jr.

Cuban, who stars on the television show "Shark Tank" in addition to his role with the Mavericks and various other business interests, has typically played down the effect of fines on the way he discusses his business.

Commissioner Adam Silver sent a letter to top officials of the NBA's 30 teams on Thursday, outlining what Silver described as the league's "commitment to providing employees with a safe and inclusive work environment".

While appearing on the "House Call with Dr. J" podcast, Cuban explained that he told players at a recent dinner that tanking was the best plan for the Mavs moving forward in 2018. With about a quarter of the season remaining, and only a half game separating them from last place in the league, tanking is definitely a viable option for a franchise looking to replenish with youthful talent.

The team's longtime star and nucleus Dirk Nowitzki weren't impressed, stating he would "never stand for losing on goal". Hiring investigators, finding out all the little details that we have to know as a franchise of what really was going on. I was like, 'Look, losing is our best option'. 'I'm embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed'.

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The couple was actually spotted at the airport over the weekend, so we already knew this wedding was happening. Justin's a born performer, so we would have assumed he would have loved to have given a speech or sing a song.

When asked about the hefty punishment, Cuban told The Associated Press: "I earned it". It's just not who I am'.

Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that numerous female employees were propositioned, verbally mistreated and touched inappropriately by former Mavericks president and CEO Terdema Ussery.

Nowitzki also went on to say that he hopes Cuban will step up and make things right within the organization. The NBA has said it will monitor the investigation closely.

The team also said it fired website reporter Earl Sneed for misleading the team about a domestic violence incident. Sneed pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend in 2012, then was accused of hitting a separate female co-worker in 2014, according to the SI report.

Cuban told the magazine that the team was establishing a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees.

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