The Mavericks front office again found themselves on the wrong end of a Sports Illustrated exposé Wednesday morning, when the media outlet published a story alleging sexual misconduct by a top team executive.
The report centers on Director of Player Personnel Tony Ronzone. According to the alleged victim, Ronzone acted aggressively and inappropriately towards her during a meeting to exchange game tickets at the 2019 Vegas Summer League.
SI reported that the alleged victim reached out to the Mavericks sometime after the altercation, which sparked an internal investigation. The Mavs concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to terminate Ronzone.
However, according to SI, the victim and her legal team had sworn decelerations boosting her credibility.
SI also confirmed that the Mavericks never had access to those sworn decelerations. The team claims that the alleged victim and her legal team withheld them in at attempt at monetary compensation and other conditions, effectively squashing their ability to conduct a thorough investigation. A claim the accuser vehemently denies.
In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, the Mavericks condemned Sports Illustrated’s report, calling it “one-sided, sensational, and incomplete.”
The Mavericks on Wednesday issued a lenghty statement in response to a Sports Illustrated report detailing a new sexual assault allegation against a front-office executive, saying they are "appalled" it would be published without the team receiving "all of the purpoted evidence" pic.twitter.com/hNkValMFhF
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 29, 2020
Sports Illustrated returned with a statement of their own later in the day, backing both the alleged victim and the credibility of their reporting.
A statement from Sports Illustrated: pic.twitter.com/II8DOu9tdL
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 29, 2020
All of this comes less than two years after an SI report detailed a toxic, unwelcoming work environment within the Mavericks business offices.
A scandal that led to the hiring of CEO Cynthia Marshall, who is tackling this issue directly.
For the full SI Story: https://www.si.com/nba/2020/07/29/mavericks-sexual-assault-allegation
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