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IU alumnus Mark Cuban donates $10 million to women’s groups after investigation into Dallas Mavericks



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Mark Cuban at OZY Fest in 2017 in New York. Cuban recently announced he was donating $10 million to women's groups after investigations into the Dallas Mavericks, the NBA team he owns. Tribune News Service Buy Photos

Mark Cuban, the owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and a 1981 Kelley School of Business graduate, donated $10 million Sept. 19 to groups helping those affected by domestic violence.

The donation came after the Mavericks organization was investigated for such claims.

The NBA completed an investigation into the Mavericks organization and uncovered “serious workplace misconduct,” according to a USA TODAY report.

"In hindsight, it was staring me right in the face, and I missed it," Cuban told "The Jump," an ESPN show hosted by Rachel Nichols. "You know, I wasn't as focused on the business as I should've been."

NBA commissioner Adam Silver decided to not suspend Cuban because he wasn’t directly involved in the harassment of female employees in the organization, according to ESPN. 

"That was an important factor for me in making that decision," Silver told ESPN. "Should he have known in many cases? Absolutely. But again, from the 215 witness interviews, the over a million pages [of documents in the report], the clear picture that was presented was Mark was absentee from the business side of the organization. So that was a critically important factor."

Cuban will not face any additional punishment from the NBA.

“It was a real life 'Animal House,'” a former Mavericks employee told Sports Illustrated. “And I only say ‘was’ because I’m not there anymore. I’m sure it’s still going on.”

Comments like the one above in a Sports Illustrated article in February prompted the NBA’s investigation into the Mavericks organization. 

Numerous allegations in the report were made against former CEO and president Terdema Ussery. Ussery left the team in 2015. The report found improper work conduct by Ussery toward 15 female employees, which included inappropriate comments, touching and forcible kissing, according to ESPN.

"First, just an apology to the women involved," Cuban told ESPN. "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."

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