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Dallas Mavericks reportedly failed to properly investigate a sexual assault allegation made against the player’s human resources director Tony Ronzon in 2019, according to the investigation Sports Illustrated ‘s Jessica Luther and John Wertheim.
According to the report, said a woman (who is called “Sarah” in the work) Ronzon forcibly pressed her to the bed, kissed her, put his hand on her crotch and tried to put his hand in his pants against her will in his hotel room in Las Vegas.
Ronzone and the woman were in Las Vegas for the 2019 NBA Summer League. The woman said she was gone Room at the Ronzon Hotel because he promised her game tickets.
Luther and Verteau talked to several people who were willing to take the oath to the Mavericks, confirming that the woman had told them a story similar to the one she had told the team. However, Mavericks did not respond to emails offering to review these statements.
A lawyer representing Mavericks said the prosecutor “refused to provide these declarations to the Mavericks and to us, unless certain conditions were agreed – conditions that go far beyond the protection of the identity of the persons who executed these statements or statements. “
In a statement given to Mark Steyun New York Times, accused the Mavericks Sports Illustrated “one-sided, incomplete and sensational” journalism. The team dropped several allegations in the case, said the woman was only looking for money, and said her investigation was closed until further “credible evidence” emerged:
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According to the emails provided to Sports Illustrated, the woman’s lawyers demanded that the team sign a non-disclosure agreement to protect the person’s identity in order to review the testimony.
One person who signed the oath was “a former federal internal security agent who is now a security adviser to the NBA team at the Eastern Conference.” The woman called him as soon as Ronzon left the room and told him what had happened.
“I work with the victims all the time,” he said AND. “I have no reason not to believe her.”
Ronzon declined to comment and referred the matter to his lawyer, who said the charge was “useless” and asked the woman’s husband to get tickets.
“Her demands are unfounded. Her accusations change every month, and we do not understand how and why her husband, who was there with her, did not come to get tickets,” – said the lawyer. said Mark Baute.
The Mavericks were accused of toxic organizational culture in 2018, and several women accused team officials of sexual harassment and misconduct. Owner Mark Kuban apologized for not acknowledging the organization’s problems at the time and promised a policy of zero tolerance for future sins.
The Mavericks say they have found no evidence to support the woman’s allegations Ronzon.