Report: Mavericks did not obtain significant evidence in sexual harassment investigation. Bleacher report

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The Dallas Mavericks allegedly failed to investigate a sexual harassment charge leveled against the director of player Personnel Tony Ronzone in 2019, according to an investigation Sports Illustrated’Jessica Luther and John Wortheim.

Reportedly, a woman (called “Sara” in the piece) said Ronzone forcibly pinned her to the bed, kissed her, placed her hands on her crotch and attempted to put her hands down her pants that would be against her in her Las Vegas hotel room.

Ronzone and the women were in Las Vegas for the 2019 NBA Summer League. The lady said she went In Ronzone’s hotel room as he promised his game tickets.

Luther and Wartheim Talked to several people, who were ready to give the Mavericks an affidavit, confirming the woman told a story similar to the one told to the team. However, Mavericks did not respond to emails providing an opportunity to review those statements.

A lawyer representing Mavericks said the accused “Refused to provide those declarations, unless certain conditions were agreed upon — the person going beyond identifying the conditions that executed those affidavits or statements.

In a statement provided to Mark Stein new York Times, Mavericks charged Sports Illustrated Of “unilateral, incomplete and sensational” journalism. The team pushed back on several of the allegations made in the piece, claiming that the woman was merely asking for money and that its investigation was closed until “credible evidence” was revealed:

According to the email provided Sports IllustratedWomen lawyers required the team to sign a non-disclosure agreement to protect the identities of individuals for review of affidavits.

The one who signed the sworn statement is “a former Homeland Security Federal agent who is now a security consultant for an NBA team in the Eastern Conference.” Soon after leaving Ronzone’s room, the woman calls him and tells him what happened.

“I work with victims all the time,” he explained SI. “I have no reason not to believe him.”

Ronzone declined to comment and asked questions to her lawyer, who described the charge as “virtuous” and suggested that the woman’s husband should have taken the ticket.

“Her claims are meritless, her allegations change every month, and we’re unclear on how her husband, who was there with her, didn’t come to pick up the ticket,” the lawyer Mark Bate said.

Mavericks was accused in 2018 of having a toxic organizational culture, with many women accusing team officials of sexual harassment and misconduct. owner Mark cuban At the time, the organization apologized for not recognizing the problems and promised a policy of zero-tolerance for future crimes.

The Mavericks say they found that there is no evidence against the woman’s allegations Ronzone.


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