Washington’s Dan Snyder is currently facing quite possibly the most scrutiny of his 21 years owning the team, which is saying something considering he was already among the most reviled team owners in sports.
The scrutiny is coming via a Washington Post report published Thursday that detailed a culture of rampant sexual misconduct within the organization, with 15 different female employees and two female reporters alleging they were sexually harassed by high-ranking team employees. Snyder has since sent a memo to employees apologizing for the situation, but the calls for him to sell the team or for the NFL to force him to sell the team remain.
All of this is a familiar story for Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who ended up donating $10 million as a result of a Sports Illustrated story that detailed a similar culture of sexual misconduct on his own team in 2018.
Mark Cuban’s advice for Dan Snyder
With that experience, Cuban offered some unsolicited advice to Snyder through his SiriusXM Radio show on Saturday.
“If you know Dan Snyder, if you’re involved with the Redskins, if you connect to them, tell Dan and tell his senior management you’ve got to just recognize what you did right and what you did wrong,” Cuban said. “You have to accept the mistakes you made. That’s painful. I made a lot of mistakes. And that’s the only way this is going to get resolved.”
Cuban reportedly recalled crying in 2018 after a reporter informed him that multiple women had alleged they were sexually harassed while working for his team for years. He saw many of his own same mistakes in this week’s Washington Post story, saying his team “went through the exact same thing” in 2018.
Obviously, Cuban didn’t have to sell his team as a result of the story, and it sounds likely that Snyder will also avoid that fate.
Snyder was not directly implicated in the story, but it was obvious that his own actions, or lack thereof, had helped create such a culture. One of the many shocking revelations of the WaPo story was that the team employed just one full-time human resources staffer at a billion-dollar business with more than 220 full-time employees. That fact, combined with Snyder’s well-known penchant for favoring an inner circle, reportedly fostered a boys club environment with little fear of repercussions.
It’s going to require an overhaul of the Washington organization to avoid repeating those mistakes, just as the NBA recommended Cuban hire more women, implement regular anonymous surveys and revamp processes around sexual harassment claims.
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