The fallout from an independent investigation into inappropriate workplace behavior within the Dallas Mavericks continues. Danny Bollinger, a photographer with the team for 18 years, was fired after several women made sexual harassment allegations against him, according to The Dallas Morning News.
He was not mentioned in the report looking into workplace misconduct within the organization conducted by Anne Milgram and Evan Krutoy, which was released on September 19. However, days after the report was made public, the Mavericks opened their own investigation into Bollinger after several employees came forward to express their concerns about his behavior.
Four women who spoke to the paper about Bollinger detailed “a history of propositioning female co-workers and making lewd comments in the workplace for more than a decade.” After the Mavericks’ investigation into the allegations yielded evidence to support the claims, Bollinger was recalled from the team’s trip to China. He was terminated upon his return after meeting with team executives.
While the Mavericks were in Shanghai preparing to face the Philadelphia 76ers as part of NBA China 2018, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addressed why the Bollinger allegations were not included in the initial findings.
“My concern level is always extraordinarily high when you’re hearing stories about any inappropriate conduct in the workplace, whether those are allegations with the Mavericks or anywhere at our teams, I will say when the investigators did their review of the Mavericks’ organization, they made a decision to not make public allegations that were brought by employees who chose to remain anonymous,” Silver said. “And what they did at the end of the investigation was, in essence, shift to the new management of the Dallas Mavericks run by [CEO] Cynthia Marshall their findings with an understanding that Cynthia Marshall then, using a more traditional human resources process, would continue to investigate particular employees and then act on them.”
Bollinger is the latest Mavericks employee to have allegations of sexual harassment levied against him. In February, Sports Illustrated published a bombshell report into improper behavior ingrained within the Mavericks’ office culture. That report singled out unprofessional and reprehensible behavior from several longtime employees including former President and CEO Terdema Ussery.
The result of SI’s reporting was the establishment of the independent investigation by Milgram and Krutoy. In the end, after interviewing 215 current and former employees and culling more than 1.6 million documents and e-mails, it found “significant errors in judgement” on the part of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and “institutional failures” within the organization. Cuban agreed to donate $10 million to organizations that promote women in leadership roles and combat domestic violence after the findings were released. The NBA did not fine the organization.
Bollinger was hired six months after Cuban bought the Mavericks in January 2000. However, his relationship with Cuban dates back to the 1990s. In 1997, Bollinger introduced Cuban to his future wife, Tiffany Stewart. He held the title of publishing manager and had wide-ranging duties with the team.