How To Appoint a Commissar (Part 5) - Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall (she/her)
How many times has Dallas Mavericks owner and DIE advocate Mark Cuban violated civil rights law by hiring and firing based on race and gender?
Comrades: In honor of DIE enthusiast Mark Cuban, I have created The Cuban Rule.
“The harder someone virtue signals, the more skeletons they have in their closet.
Behind every DIE commissar is a woke white man shielding himself from criticism.”
For the past few weeks, Cuban has been simping for DIE on Twitter.has schooled him like varsity against JV, but he is so masochistic he keeps crawling back for more. Another epic anon named Wei Wu has repeatedly dunked on him, asking him to live up to his DIE ideals by making her starting point guard of the Dallas Mavericks. If Cuban keeps digging himself deeper into his cringe hole, he’ll reach his Emperor Xi in China. Even the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner replied to remind him that he would be committing civil rights violations by discriminating based on race and gender. EGM wrote a brilliant summary of Cuban’s slow motion train wreck - here are the highlights:
Today, let’s take a closer look to see if Cuban has already engaged in illegal discriminatory hiring practices. Following a scandal that broke in 2018 (more on that later), he hired Cynt Marshall (she/her) as CEO of the Dallas Mavericks. She was heralded as the first black female in history to serve as CEO of an NBA team. Did Cuban violate civil rights law by hiring her? What are her qualifications to be CEO of an NBA team? Who else was interviewed for the position and how was the hiring decision made? How much did he know about the scandals that led to her appointment? Real journalists should be investigating all of these questions, but they’re too busy getting fired because no one wants to read their woke garbage.
Let me start by being charitable. Unlike the previous commissars I have investigated (NPR Katherine Maher, Harvard’s Claudine Gay, RISDIE’s Crystal Williams), Cynt does not come from a privileged background and has an inspiring rags to riches story. Her childhood was marred by poverty and domestic violence. Cynt’s father broke her nose and shot a man in front of her. Thankfully, her mother put a Bible and math book in her hands. She earned a full scholarship to UC Berkeley and rose through the ranks at AT&T for 35 years. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she suffered four miscarriages and adopted four foster children. She is also a cancer survivor.
Cynt’s accomplishments in the face of adversity are almost as admirable as Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, and Dr. Ben Carson. However, she gave in to the siren song of DIE in 2015 when she accepted the post of Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T. Many elites like her transition from a business value-producing role to an administrative value-destructive role. I have no doubt Cynt overcame many obstacles rising through the ranks in corporate America during the period that she did. Unfortunately, DIE tarnishes meritocracy in all forms. A sparkling career must now called into question. Not only are high performing candidates rejected and employees passed over for promotions, but those who do make it up the corporate ladder lose credibility. This is why DIE is so pernicious and must DIE.
Cynt has leaned into DIE identarianism and has set to work purging non-diverse executives. Where are the lawsuits? Is she just another intersectionality shield DIE commissar like the Democrat KKK (Kamala/Karine/Katanji)? Community Notes also dunked on Cuban:
The Dallas Mavericks recorded a slam dunk today when they hired Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall to become the franchise’s new interim chief executive officer. Marshall is the founder of Marshalling Resources, a consulting firm that specializes in leadership, diversity and inclusion, culture transformation and overall optimization of people resources. Before that, she retired from AT&T last May where she served as, among other jobs, the senior vice president-human resources and chief diversity officer.
Opening with the cringiest pun of all time. Cynt had no previous experience in sports. She cashed out of AT&T HR to run a DIE grift consulting firm. No one with this resume has ever run an NBA team before, while there were hundreds of more qualified executives who Cuban did not tap for the role.
At AT&T, Marshall was responsible for identifying and developing leaders, aligning employees with the company’s vision and priorities, overseeing major business unit human resource support, performance development, employee engagement, skills transformation, EEP and affirmative action.
Affirmative action is illegal and immoral.
Marshall joins the Mavs at a time when this job wasn’t even on her radar. “In my wildest dreams – and I have had some pretty big dreams and some wild dreams in my life — I never saw this coming,” Marshall said at a press conference today at American Airlines Center. “While I grew up playing sports supporting my three children in their sports endeavors and can often be down cheering for my favorite sports teams, all of that is very different from receiving a call from the proprietor of an NBA team with a passionate – and I can’t express that enough – with a passionate and heartfelt invitation to contribute to sports and the community in a very unique way.”
Never saw this coming? Methinks the lady doth protest too much. Why has she locked her Tweets? Why do commissars always wear bright color-coordinated outfits like The Hunger Games?
“I honestly didn’t know who Mark Cuban was,” Marshall told the Dallas Observer in 2018. “But my husband and kids were like, ‘Ma, you have to call him back now!’” By 2018, Cuban, who purchased a majority stake in the Mavericks in 2000, was in crisis mode after an investigation revealed 20 years of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct issues within the Mavericks organization. He was on the hunt for a “strong leader,” according to Marshall, to help him turnaround the company and was given her name by an associate. According to Marshall, Cuban wasn’t necessarily looking for a woman or a person of color. “He didn’t care. I often say, ‘Mark was not trying to make history. He was trying to make a difference for his employees,’” Marshall says. Cuban tells Make It he hired Marshall “because she is amazing, forceful, dynamic, nurturing.”
A black businesswoman whose kids played sports honestly didn’t know who Mark Cuban was in 2018? He didn’t care about her gender or race? Shameless mutual bootlicking, playing dumb, and most likely lying.
Marshall drove to meet Cuban at the Mavericks’ Dallas headquarters and says that as she was leaving, two female employees approached her and told her they needed her help. “For me, that was it. I was going home to pray about it, but that was my sign right there,” Marshall told the Observer. Marshall started as the first African-American female to ever lead an NBA basketball team in February of 2018. She says she wanted to take the job “for the sisterhood.” Since taking the helm, Marshall has been focused on hiring a diverse executive team. There were no women or people of color on the Mavericks’ leadership team when Marshall started. Today, 50% are women and 47% are people of color, according to a Mavericks spokesperson.
A fake weepy parking lot story turned into a hostile longhouse takeover. The old boys’ club has become the woke sisterhood club, but with the same exclusionary rules under the Orwellian doublespeak of inclusivity. Instead of aggressive misbehavior, we now have passive-aggressive struggle sessions. What does Chief DIE Officer Gail O’Bannon do that Cynt does not already cover? Force everyone to get jabbed?
She also brought her authentic leadership style to the Mavericks. When she started there, the first thing she did was hold one-on-ones with employees. She wanted to learn about their lives, from childhood to adulthood, not just about their career aspirations. “I [just] had a one-on-one with one of the vice presidents last night for two hours and probably an hour and a half of that was just personal talk,” Marshall tells Make It on Jan. 30. These days, Marshall says she tries to think of “the person first and the employee second” when making important decisions at the company. As for the naysayers, who still exist, “I usually take the haters head-on. Sometimes, I ignore them,” Marshall says. In particular, there was one high-level executive who Marshall says predicted that she wouldn’t last 90 days as CEO. In that case, Marshall called the executive into her office and confronted him. “If something is directly impacting my workplace and others then I have to nip it,” she says.
I pity the fool who tries to take on the DIE longhouse. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. If Cynt didn’t take the job, thousands of others would have. DIE jobs are similar to sportsball mascots. It doesn’t matter who is inside the costume, all they have to do is hand wave and chant the same woke copypasta.
"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." My goal is to continue to promote teamwork, Diversity and Inclusion, employee engagement, GPTW nine high trust behaviors, workforce transformation and the value of effective public private partnerships and good public policy. Leadership matters! Character matters! Every voice matters! People matter!
Word salad matters!
The two executives whose scandalous behavior instigated the need to hire Cynt were both black men, so Cuban had to boost the intersectionality score and hire a black woman. Back when it still did real journalism, Sports Illustrated conducted an investigation that found former Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery and Chief Beat Writer Earl Sneed were responsible for a toxic locker room culture. Cuban claims he didn’t know about any of it until SI broke the story, after which he was forced to fire them. In lieu of a formal punishment, he donated $10 million to organizations that promote women in leadership roles and that develop policies to combat domestic violence. SI is now bankrupt, but a full accounting of crimes committed by NBA/NFL players and executives would fill an encyclopedia.
13 accusers documented repeated sexual harassment claims by Ussery over the 15 he worked for Cuban. None were officially filed with HR out of fear. One recalled: Ussery claimed that he knew what she was going to do over the coming weekend. When the woman asked, confusedly, what Ussery meant, he smiled. “You’re going to get gang-banged,” he asserted, “aren’t you?” “No,” the woman responded, caught off-guard. “Actually, I’m going to the movies with friends.” “No,” Ussery insisted. “You’re definitely getting gang-banged.” Another wrote: “Terdema sits next to me in the two chairs in front of his desk and as he is talking to me, he puts his hand on my left thigh, about halfway up the thigh.”
Sneed was charged with domestic violence assault, but kept his job for years after. The police report of the charge: Sneed “sat on top of her and slapped her on the face and chest.” At one point he told the woman, “I’m going to f------ kick your ass. Today is gonna be the worst day of your life.” Sneed fled before the reporting officer arrived. The woman suffered a fractured right wrist and bruises on her arms and chest in the altercation.
Current Mavericks coach Jason Kidd was hired in 2021 during Cynt’s stunning and brave reign. Like Sneed, he was also once arrested for domestic abuse. In a counterclaim for divorce, his ex-wife Joumana claimed “countless instances of abuse that broke her rib and damaged her hearing by smashing her head into the console of a car.” Kidd is a company man who won a ring with the Mavericks in 2011 and also counts as diverse. No “journalist” has dared to ask Cuban and Marshall about this flagrant contradiction to the Mavericks’ DIE values.
The most ironic part is that the two top Mavericks players under Cuban’s ownership are white: Luka Doncic and Dirk Nowitzki. They are two of the best players in Mavericks history and two of the best white players in NBA history. A portion of the all tickets and jerseys they sell goes toward Cuban and Marshall’s virtue signaling.
Mark Cuban is the world’s dumbest billionaire. He made $1 billion selling Broadcast.com to Yahoo for $5.7 billion in 1999 at the peak of a bubble. Yahoo shut down the service 3 years later and it is regarded as one of the worst acquisitions in history. Using that windfall, he bought the Mavericks in 2000 as the ultimate vanity toy and won the NBA Championship in 2011. He joined the cast of Shark Tank that same year, which made him a household name and insufferable. Then flirted with running for president in 2016 due to his TDS, though everyone knows he’s a douche and a court eunuch for Emperor Xi like the rest of the NBA. He lives an exclusive Dallas neighborhood that is 90% white. The only way to end this farce is to stop giving money to sportsball, but Americans remain loyal to one of their modern religions. Cuban did not defend Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey and Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter Freedom when the league pushed them out for criticizing China.
It always takes two to tango. Cynt could have stayed retired, but she cynically signed up as his DIE virtue signaling intersectionality shield. Despite the fame and money, Cuban is jealous of Elon. Why? Because Elon not only has even more fame and money, but also has the balls to use his f*** you money to say f*** you. That is priceless. Cuban was the cool billionaire 20 years ago before Elon stole his thunder. Now Cubes is trying to flex his clout on X, but failing in the most entertaining way possible. He only has sycophants surrounding him - no friends to check him before he wrecks himself as a clown for the world to see. Take the L, Mark.
PS: Member when Apple’s DIE Chief was fired for saying that a dozen white men could be considered diverse because they have different life experiences and perspectives? I member!
PPS: While I have your attention Mark, will you invest in The Current Thing Company? It’s fully DIE/ESG compliant and right up your alley. Here’s my stunning and brave Shark Tank pitch: