The Mavericks’ front-office problems continued to grow on Wednesday when they suspended their general manager of Mavs Gaming, Roger Caneda, after a racist tweet from 2016 was uncovered, a source said.
There were further unconfirmed reports of more controversial comments on Twitter in 2017, although the source said it was uncertain whether Caneda’s account had been hacked at that point.
He did not work for the Mavericks in 2016, but the source said there was enough evidence in the current environment to merit an investigation.
The gaming arm of the Mavericks is an NBA-sanctioned video-game initiative geared at luring new fans to the NBA market.
The Mavericks have been stung for the past two weeks of reports, starting with the Sports Illustrated story about sexual misconduct in the front office, that depict the franchise in a very negative light.
On Tuesday, reports of owner Mark Cuban being named in a complaint in Portland about an alleged sexual assault proved to be unfounded, although the source said that the organization spent a good chunk of Wednesday dealing with the fallout of that.
Mavs Gaming is the Dallas’ official NBA 2K League team, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software.
Launching in 2018, the league will feature the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 17 teams will draft gamers to compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs.
More details to come.
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