Nowitzki calls Mavs situation ‘heartbreaking’

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki admittedly has been impacted by an investigation centered on sexual misconduct in the front office.

“It’s disappointing,” Nowitzki said, via the Dallas Morning News. “It’s heartbreaking. I’m glad it’s all coming out. I was disgusted when I read the (Sports Illustrated ) article, obviously, as everybody has. I was shocked … that our franchise, my franchise, that stuff like that was going on.”

The report detailed allegations against former Mavs CEO Terdema Ussery, as several female employees accused him of requesting sex and making sexual advances during his 18 years with the franchise. Former Mavericks website writer Earl K. Sneed was also mentioned, as SI uncovered Sneed’s arrest for domestic violence during the 2010-11 season.

Sneed has since been fired.

Per SB Nation:

“The Sports Illustrated report also sheds light on former human resources director Buddy Pittman, who is accused of covering up the sexual misconduct charges.”

Mavs owner Mark Cuban has denied having any knowledge of the alleged wrongdoings of Ussery and Pittman.