Report: Dallas Mavericks’ Hostile Workplace an ‘Open Secret’

The Dallas Mavericks office allegedly was an unsafe work environment for female employees, according to Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther of Sports Illustrated.

After interviews with more than a dozen current and former Mavericks employees across several months, Wertheim and Luther reported the office had “a corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior.”

Many of the complaints are against former team president Terdema Ussery, who resigned in 2015. Meanwhile, owner Mark Cuban—who was not accused of any form of harassment—denied knowledge of the extent of the problems within his organization.

“This is all new to me,” Cuban told Wertheim and Luther. “The only awareness I have is because I heard you guys were looking into some things. … Based off of what I’ve read here, we just fired our HR person. I don’t have any tolerance for what I’ve read.”

“It’s wrong. It’s abhorrent. It’s not a situation we condone,” he explained.

The Mavericks responded to the report with an official statement on their website:

“The Mavericks organization takes these allegations extremely seriously. Yesterday we notified the league office and immediately hired outside counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation. The investigation will focus on the specific allegations related to this former employee, and will look more broadly at our company’s workplace practices and policies. In addition, an employee whose job was to receive and investigate such complaints and report them accurately and fully, has been suspended pending the conclusion of our investigation.

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“There is no room for such conduct in the Mavericks’ workplace—or any workplace.”

The team also noted it will provide support for the affected employees and will take steps to improve the current workplace environment. 

     

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Nireeka’s sexy carbon-framed e-bikes would be impressive at twice the price

The Nireeka carbon e-bike range promises extraordinary specs and features given the prices

We’ve seen some of Iranian designer Mohammed “Max” Shojaie’s work before, with his creatively conceived Ostoure two-wheel-drive motorcycle design from back in 2010. That one never made it past the CAD render stage, but now, with two of his brothers and a Dubai-born partner, Shojaie has turned his hand to a real-world e-bike project. And it looks like a belter.

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Harrington Drills Second-Period Goal To Lift Blue Jackets Over Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Defenseman Scott Harrington broke a second-period tie with his second goal of the season, and the slumping Columbus Blue Jackets snapped a three-game losing streak and ended the New Jersey Devils’ four-game winning streak with a 2-1 decision on Tuesday night.

Boone Jenner also scored as the Blue Jackets moved into the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference with 65 points, one ahead of Carolina and the Islanders. Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves in helping the Blue Jackets win for the fifth time in 15 games (5-9-2).

Taylor Hall scored for the Devils to extend his point-scoring streak to 12 games, tying David Pastrnak of the Bruins for the league-high this season. He also pushed his personal point-scoring streak to 19 games. He missed three games with a thumb injury, so the league does not consider that to be part of his current streak.

Keith Kinkaid had 17 saves for New Jersey, which holds the first wild-card spot in the conference.

Harrington, who has three career goals, has scored both of his goals this season at Prudential Center. The go-ahead goal was set up by Artemi Panarin, who found the 24-year-old coming late on a rush. His shot from above the left circle beat Kinkaid to the low corner.

Jenner gave the Blue Jackets the lead 5:19 after the opening faceoff. Defenseman Zach Werenski had a shot off the goalpost, but Jenner stormed the net and knocked the rebound into an open net.

Hall tied the game early in the second period with a length-of-the-ice rush after collecting a loose puck along the boards in the Devils’ zone. The left wing got to the right circle in the Columbus zone and caught Bobrovsky cheating to play a cross-ice pass. His shot slipped between the goaltender and the goalpost for his 25th goal of the season.

NOTES: Injured Devils G Cory Schneider (groin-hip) skated for a second straight day. … Hall has a point in every game he has played in 2018. … Columbus won the season series 3-1. … The Blue Jackets are 18-2-2 when leading after two periods and 7-1 in their last eight games at Prudential Center. Devils C Nico Hischier had his four-game goal scoring streak snapped.

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Blue Jackets: Play Flyers in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Devils: Host Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

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Fergie Is OUT Of The Black Eyed Peas!

First the national anthem, and now THIS??

In an interview with the Daily Star published on Sunday, will.i.am says Fergie will NOT be featured on the Black Eyed Peas‘ seventh studio album.

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The 42-year-old rapper explains:

“We are now a trio. I don’t know why Fergie isn’t on the project. You will have to ask Fergie that.”

When asked how the new line-up would work on tour, the producer defensively shot back by exclaiming:

“You know we are actually capable of doing it without Fergie… There’s so much shit to talk about bro. But you guys just like meddling… We performed as a trio before and if you had done your research properly you would know how we would do it as a three.”

Yikes! That question struck a nerve!

Last year, there were several rumors that Fergie was going to be replaced by Nicole Scherzinger. As we reported in June 2017, will.i.am said the Pussycat Dolls star “is on the new BEP project” but didn’t reveal her exact involvement.

While it’s still unclear if Scherzinger is in the group, she is considered “family” and is a member of their WhatsApp message chain.

“We have a chat group called Black Eyed Peas family. It has nothing to do with making music or money. It’s about friendship. It’s the three of us and Nicole. It’s about family. Nicole is Black Eyed Peas. She is family.”

Oh, and don’t ask him if PCD are coming back or not.

“Are Pussycat Dolls coming back? I speak to Nicole every day and she hasn’t mentioned it. But anything Nicole asked me to do I would do it though. I love that girl.”

There you have it, folks!

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Low-carb and low-fat diets face off in new Stanford study

Results of a year-long study suggest the best diet for a person may be much more ...

A small, but comprehensive, study from Stanford University researchers has pitted low-fat diets against low-carb diets. After one year the results are in and it’s a draw. Frustrating anyone wanting a definitive result, the data compellingly suggests individual diet outcomes are much more subjective than many previously thought.

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Frank Ocean Sues ‘Blonde’ Producer Over Songwriting Credits

Frank Ocean is suing producer Om’Mas Keith over songwriting credits on the singer’s 2016 album, Blonde. The suit also names Keith’s Analog Genius Corporation and several unnamed John Does as defendants, arguing none of them “own any portion of the copyright rights” to Ocean’s music.

The suit claims that Ocean’s lawyers tried several times between 2014 and 2016 to get Keith to sign a written agreement stating that he did not write any of the songs on Blonde. However, the producer allegedly refused and in 2016 tried to register as a co-writer on 11 Blonde tracks with the publishing giant ASCAP. 

The suit states that Ocean “has never written any compositions with [Keith]… Moreover, all of the Compositions and the ASCAP Compositions were written well before Defendants, or any of them, rendered any services whatsoever in connection with any of the masters. Defendants did not contribute any lyrics, melodies, or music that would give rise to any claim of authorship.”

Lawyers for Ocean were not available for comment. Attempts to reach Keith were not immediately successful.

Prior to his work on Blonde, Keith helped produce Ocean’s breakout album, Channel Orange. When Ocean approached him to work on Blonde, the suit alleges, they entered into an oral agreement that mirrored the written agreement Keith signed for his work on Channel Orange. That agreement stipulated that Keith would produce certain master recordings, receive a flat rate and acknowledge that he did not write or co-write any of the tracks.

In all, Keith was given 12 songs to produce from the Blonde sessions, including “Nikes,” White Ferrari” and “Pink and White.” But when Ocean’s lawyers approached him in 2014 with a draft of a written agreement, Keith refused to sign it. He supposedly even refused to acknowledge that he had not served as a writer on “(At Your Best) You Are Love,” an Isley Brothers tune Ocean covered in 2015 (it later appeared on Ocean’s visual album, Endless). Keith supposedly refused to sign another agreement when Ocean’s lawyers approached him again in 2016.

After Keith refused to sign the 2016 agreement, Ocean’s team tried to get the producer to “provide a detailed account” of the writing work he did on Blonde, though the suit claims the “Defendants and their counsel failed to respond.” Not long after, Keith allegedly tried to register with ASCAP as a co-writer on 11 Blonde songs. Similar to the supposed Isley Brothers issue, one of the songs Keith reportedly tried to claim he co-wrote was “Be Yourself,” which comprises a sample of Buddy Ross’ “Runnin Around” and a spoken word segment.

Ocean is asking a judge to rule that Keith and the other defendants do not own any portion of his songs and must stop claiming that they helped write them. The singer is also seeking legal fees and additional relief the court deems necessary.  

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