That's what a seven-month-long independent investigation into the Dallas Mavericks, released Wednesday, found.
Mark Cuban: "Actually, I didn't know that". The billionaire has pledged to donate $10 million to domestic violence organizations.
Cuban said during an emotional interview with ESPN that he is "accountable" for the Mavericks' workplace culture and offered an apology to the women involved. And not just to them, but to their families, because this is not something that just is an incident and then it's over. It stays with people. It stays with families. And I'm just sorry I didn't see it. "I'm just sorry I didn't recognize it". National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver said that the "findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking".
An outside law firm spoke to 215 current and former employees during the investigation.
What were the key findings?
Former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde made inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers, and viewed and shared pornographic images and videos.
Two acts of domestic violence perpetrated by former team reporter Earl Sneed, including one against an employee.
Did Cuban know what was going on?
The NBA said the investigation found no evidence that Cuban was aware of the former team president's misconduct. And it's clear in the report that you didn't know about that.
"I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me", Ussery said on February 20.
"In hindsight, it was staring me right in the face, and I missed it". I wasn't as focused on the business as I should've been. You know I can give you lots of reasons, but they don't matter. It's embarrassing to say. And I just want to read off some of this.
The report also stated that Cuban cooperated fully with the investigation.
The investigation, conducted by team-hired investigators Anne Milgram and Evan Krutoy, largely confirmed allegations first made in a bombshell Sports Illustrated report in February that said former team President Terdema Ussery repeatedly sexually harassed and inappropriately touched female Mavs employees.
"While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10m that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behaviour and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing - the inability of too many organisations to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for women", he said.
"Mark Cuban should have been suspended for half the season. And the Dallas Mavericks should have [lost] a first-round draft pick", Smith said.