An American basketball franchise has taken interesting steps to address reports that its organization "is widespread with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior."
The Dallas Mavericks have decided that their NBA cheerleaders will abandon the traditional status quo
The Mavericks dance team has ordered "less revealing uniforms" for the coming season and will be doing "healthier routines" Report of the Dallas Morning News.
The move is broadly in response to several scandals that have shaken the Mavericks Front Office this year.
"We want dancers as artists to be the center of attention and highlight their abilities, not eye candy or sexualized," said Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall to the Dallas Morning News
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the organization came under fire following a February Sports Illustrated report detailing a "corporate culture of misogyny and predatory sexual behavior", including in the front office.
In May, a report also surfaced about a former senior executive who repeatedly shot pornographic pictures while touching the office and nicknamed "Pants DJ."
Marshall hired in February He hired the organization to clean it and said the move with the dance team was part of their "100-Day Troubleshooting Plan" at the Dallas Front Office.
"We love our dancers, but we're re-examining every aspect of this organization to make sure they match the values we bring to the entire Mavericks operation," Marshall said.
"The dancers do not do anything wrong, what they wear and how they dance is part of the culture and atmosphere that has existed over the past two decades.
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The change with the dance group stopped eliminating it all, like the San Antonio Spurs did
The Spurs Replaced The Dance Team With A 35-member "Family" (19659018) While the move to completely eliminate the team may seem a bit extreme, the idea behind both switches is the same: entertain fans without to send the wrong message or to make someone uncomfortable.
"Everyone should feel comfortable – both the performers and everyone else in the arena," Marshall said.
"If someone puts a 10-year-old into trouble I do not want him to cover the eyes of the child during the performances.
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