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Tuesday
Mar062018

Amid ‘Animal House’ scandal, Dallas Mavericks seek CCO

The NBA's Dallas Mavericks are looking for someone to fill a new position with the team -- Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer.

Last month, Sports Illustrated published a story about predatory sexual misconduct deep within the Mavericks' organization.

The story said the team's HR group was part of the problem, so victims couldn't bring their complaints there.

A former employee who recently left the organization after five years told SI: “It was a real life Animal House.”

“And I only say ‘was’ because I’m not there anymore. I’m sure it’s still going on,” the person said.

A description of the new position on an NBA jobs website says:

The ethics and compliance officer serves as the organization's internal control point for ethics and improprieties, allegations, complaints, and conflicts of interest.

After the explicit SI story appeared, the Mavericks launched an internal investigation. And team owner Mark Cuban gave the NBA full access to personnel and documents.

Cuban told SI: "It’s not something that’s acceptable. I’m embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed. Period. End of story.”

"It’s not something we tolerate," Cuban said. "I don’t want it.

For the internal investigation, the Mavericks retained a former New Jersey attorney general, Anne Milgram, and Evan Krutoy, a solo practitioner who spent 20 years in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

The new compliance chief's duties will include integrating the corporate ethics message "throughout the corporate culture," developing and implementing corporate ethics and conflict-of-interest training, and conducting "ethical decision-making training for supervisors, on ethics issues and avoiding conflicts of interest."

The CCO will also investigate and document complaints and allegations about "ethical wrongdoing or conflicts of interest."

The online job application is here.

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Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog.