‘Shark Tank’ star Mark Cuban denies sexual assault allegation, NBA investigating

March 8, 2018 GMT

‘Shark Tank’ star Mark Cuban denies sexual assault allegation, NBA investigating

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The NBA is investigating a sexual assault allegation against Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” star Mark Cuban stemming from an incident at a Portland nightclub in 2011.

“The NBA league office is reviewing the 2011 allegations against Mark Cuban and the subsequent findings from the Portland police investigation,” league spokesman Mike Bass told the Associated Press Wednesday.

The investigation comes after the Willamette (Oregon) Week reported the woman claimed Cuban reached inside her pants and sexually assaulted her while they were posing for a photo together.

“It didn’t happen,” Cuban told the Associated Press after the story was published.

One person the league might be interested in talking to is Cavaliers forward Kevin Love. Cuban told police he was hanging out with then Minnesota Timberwolves star, who is from nearby Lake Oswego, at the time of the incident.


“There was tons of people around,” Cuban told the detective on the case, the Willamette Week reported. “I kept on... chest bumping Kevin Love.”

According to the report, Love didn’t recall seeing or hearing any inappropriate behavior by Cuban.

In the end, prosecutors decided not to pursue the case, writing “there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant’s statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim,” the AP reported.

“She will not participate in a criminal prosecution and agrees her claim cannot be proved,” the prosecutors’ memo stated.

The woman, however, isn’t backing down from her story.

“I filed the report because what he did was wrong,” she recently told the Willamette Week. “I stand behind that report 1,000 percent.”

The accusation against Cuban comes two weeks after a Sports Illustrated report described the culture inside the Mavericks front office as one “rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior.”

ABC, which airs “Shark Tank,” has not commented on the matter. The series most recently aired on Sundays but is being displaced by the return of “American Idol” starting this week.