The Mavericks have reportedly fired director of participant personnel Tony Ronzone following a sexual assault allegation, in response to the Dallas Morning Information‘s Brad Townsend.
It is unclear when Ronzone was dismissed from the group, per Townsend.
Sports activities Illustrated printed a sexual assault allegation in opposition to Ronzone in July 2020. He’s accused of pinning a lady to a mattress in Las Vegas in July 2019 earlier than groping and kissing her with out consent. Ronzone continued to kiss the lady earlier than she “escaped the room,” per SI’s report.
The Mavericks initially didn’t hearth Ronzone after the report, telling SI “there was no proof introduced of sexual assault,” following a workforce investigation. Dallas criticized the investigation when it was printed, calling it “one-sided.”
The Mavericks didn’t get hold of two key items of proof throughout its investigation, together with a cellphone name within the direct aftermath of the alleged assault, per Jessica Luther and Jon Wertheim. The sufferer’s legal professionals additionally provided entry to sworn statements from these knowledgeable of the incident, however these gives weren’t accepted by the Mavericks, per SI.
SI beforehand detailed sexual harassment and office misconduct within the Mavericks’ group in February 2018. Mavericks proprietor Mark Cuban apologized following the report, and he donated $10 million to girls’s organizations after an NBA investigation.
“I’m simply sorry I didn’t see it,” Cuban advised ESPN in 2018. “I’m sorry I didn’t acknowledge it. I simply hope that out of this we’ll be higher and we are able to keep away from it and we may help make all people simply smarter about the entire thing.”