The NBA commissioner is responding to new allegations of sexual misconduct against yet another employee with the Dallas Mavericks.
The sexual harassment allegations are against the team's photographer who reportedly had a close relationship with owner Mark Cuban. The claims were known by investigators looking into the front office scandal in recent months but were handled separately from that investigation.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke about the newly reported allegations before the Mav's preseason game in Shanghai.
“My concern level is always extraordinarily high when you're hearing stories about any inappropriate conduct,” he said.
Longtime team photographer, Danny Bollinger, is the latest Dallas Mavericks employee to be accused of sexual misconduct.
Surprised that the seven-month independent investigation did not include allegations against Bollinger, three former female employees and another woman who volunteered for the team spoke with the Dallas Morning News on the condition of anonymity.
According to DMN, Bollinger was hired six months after Cuban purchased the Mavericks, and the two have been friends since the 1990s. The women alleged that 50-year-old Bollinger had a history of propositioning women in the workplace, made lewd comments and showed inappropriate close-up photos of Mavericks dancers and fans that were saved on his work computer.
Silver acknowledged investigators knew of the allegations against Bollinger during the prior front office investigation but chose to let the new CEO handle it.
“What they did at the end of the investigation was shift to the new management of the Dallas Mavericks run by Cynthia Marshall their findings with an understanding that Cynthia Marshall, with a more traditional human resources process, would continue to investigate particular employees, and then act on them,” Silver said.
Two weeks after the investigation concluded, Bollinger was still working for the Mavericks and accompanied them on their trip to China for two exhibition games. But on Thursday after reporters had been asking questions, Bollinger was told he was being sent home.
FOX 4’s attempts to reach Bollinger were unsuccessful.
“I think they are well equipped now with the new organization they put in place to do the appropriate and necessary investigations, and then act on those findings,” Silver said.
A spokeswoman said Mavs CEO Cynthia Marshall would not be making any comments, but she did not answer if Bollinger was still employed by the Mavericks.