According to the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Post, the NBA has undertaken steps, beginning with the launching of a confidential hotline next week, that will be available to employees from all 30 teams and the league itself. The hotline will be available to report any concerns within the workplace — including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, illegality or other misconduct.
The league had already sent out an updated version of its “Respect in the Workplace” policy to the teams for review, and asked that all teams complete that review by March 6. The NBA had already announced in December that it was going to conduct mandatory discussions among small groups with outside experts in the field of sexual harassment so that everyone has a “full understanding of issues related to sexual harassment, and expectations for how we should behave in the workplace.”
In the wake of Sports Illustrated’s story, which highlighted well over a decade of alleged abuses by former Dallas team president Terdema Ussery — as well a pair of domestic assault charges against Mavs.com writer Earl K. Sneed — Cuban hired a pair of lawyers, Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgram, to conduct a full investigation of the organization, as well as of the allegations against Ussery.
The NBA will not conduct its own investigation, but will have full access to all the findings of Krutoy and Milgram. No decision on discipline will be made by the league until that investigation is completed, which isn’t expected to be soon, given that the allegations cover the past two decades.