The fallout from Sports Illustated’s investigation into the toxic work environment surrounding the Dallas Mavericks continues as more pieces fall into place. Mavs Moneyball has obtained the arrest records for the former employee that was arrested and charged for assault.
Through these arrest records, we can confirm the unsettling details from the SI story — that the complainant alleged Sneed “sat on top of her and slapped her on the face and chest,” then later told the woman, “I’m going to f---ing kick your ass. Today is gonna be the worst day of your life.”
Sneed wasn’t arrested on the spot because he fled. The report says the complainant went downstairs after the initial physical abuse detailed in the SI story and locked herself in a room. Sneed then, according to the police report, “kicked the door open” after the complainant refused to let him in and took the complainant’s phone to prevent her from making an emergency call. Only after the complainant helped Sneed move his things from the apartment to his car did he give her the phone back, which allowed her to call the police. The report said Sneed “fled before the reporting officer arrived.”
The arrest warrant states that Sneed was arrested at a business address of 2909 Taylor St, Dallas TX and lists the business’ name as “Dallas Mavericks.” A quick Google search shows these were the Deep Ellum offices where most of the organization worked, confirming SI’s story that Sneed was arrested at the Mavericks’ facility.
According to SI’s report and further police reports we discovered, on June 28, 2012, Sneed pled guilty to misdemeanor charges of family violence assault and interference with emergency request.
Here are some followups after reading the reports:
- These reports were accessed fairly easily through public records and not needing a Freedom of Information Act request form. Which means any professional media outlet could have easily discovered this information at the time of Sneed’s arrest. The fact that it took this long to come out is surprising for such a public-facing employee.
- The fact that Sneed was arrested at the Mavericks’ Deep Ellum offices, basically their headquarters at the time, makes the whole situation even more puzzling. Mark Cuban told SI initially that he had no idea until recently of Sneed’s transgressions, then later clarified that he did receive an email about it back in 2014. How a Mavericks team employee can be arrested on site at the team office and without that making its way up to the leader of the organization is pretty hard to believe. If that is what happened, it’s troubling. [UPDATE: Cuban has since clarified and added to his earlier comments with ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, saying that he did know about the incidents but did not investigate beyond that, and that they essentially chose to handle them internally. He regrets that decision in hindsight. You can read the full story with Cuban’s comments here.]
We’ll update this story as we find out more.
For transparency’s sake, here are the full records. Included are the officer’s affidavits to obtain arrest warrants for two charges: one of assault, and one of interference with an emergency phone call, along with the actual warrants themselves. We removed any information about the victim and any contact info or otherwise identifying information.