The National Basketball Association (NBA) is looking into the 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, along with the decision of the prosecutors not to pursue the case anymore.
League spokesperson Mike Bass made the announcement on Wednesday after a weekly alternative newspaper in Portland, Oregon reported a woman’s claim of sexual assault committed against her by Cuban. The woman alleged in the said report that the NBA team owner put his hand down her pants and touched her inappropriately while they were taking a photo at a Portland nightclub.
Cuban categorically denied the woman’s allegations and provided a prosecutors’ report outlining their decision not to file charges against him.
The prosecutors’ report read in part: “There is no evidence to corroborate the complainant’s statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim.” The report also said that the alleged victim herself didn’t want to proceed with the allegation.
In a police report, however, Portland Police Detective Brendan McGuire found as significant the cell phone photos submitted by the woman noting that “in both images, Cuban’s right shoulder is lowered and he appears to be stretching to reach his arms down. In another photo, Cuban’s arm can be seen behind the alleged victim and it appears that Cuban is reaching down toward her
The detective also took note of the alarmed look on the woman’s face and gave the description: “Her teeth are clenched, eyes wider than the other pictures and brow raised showing a look of surprise and strain.”
The woman also said in a brief phone interview with the Williamette Week that she filed the report “because what he did was wrong.” The woman also maintained that she’s standing behind what she said in the report “1,000 percent.”
The report that came out Tuesday in the Williamette Week came about a week and half after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women allegedly in the front office of the Mavericks. Cuban himself was not implicated in the Sports Illustrated report, but critics say it raised questions about what he knew and when, and whether he did something about it or not.
The NBA did not specify when will their review be finished, and what they plan to do with the outcome.