Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apologized on Wednesday to women who were sexually harassed while working for the organization, following the release of a report that detailed numerous cases of improper conduct over the span of 20 years.
The independent investigation took seven months to complete, and found, among other things, that former team president Terdema Ussry made inappropriate comments and forcibly touched and kissed 15 female employees, while former ticket sales executive Chris Hyde made unwanted sexual advances, viewed and shared pornographic images, and made unsolicited comments of a sexual nature, The Dallas Morning News reports. The report found no wrongdoing by Cuban, who has owned the Mavericks for 18 years, but stated he made "significant errors of judgment."
"This is not something that just is an incident and then it's over," Cuban told ESPN. "It stays with people. It stays with families. And I'm just sorry I didn't see it. I'm just sorry I didn't recognize it." Cuban said he "wasn't as focused on the business as I should have been," and "never in my wildest dreams did I think that this was happening right underneath me." Cuban will make a $10 million donation to organizations that support domestic violence victims and women in the workplace, and said he has to "recognize I made a mistake, learn from it, and then try to fix it." Catherine Garcia
Amid outcry after its acknowledgment earlier this month that it slowed down older-model iPhones, Apple on Thursday apologized and announced that in January, the company will temporarily slash the price of a battery replacement from $79 to $29.
The discount will be available for customers with an iPhone 6 or later that is out of warranty. Apple also said it will release a software update that will let users see if their battery is affecting the performance of their phone. Two weeks ago, Apple revealed that it had issued a software update that prevented iPhones with aging lithium batteries from shutting down without warning, an update that can make apps open much slower. Apple on Thursday denied ever doing anything to purposely shorten the life of their products.
Good Morning America co-anchor Amy Robach is apologizing for her use of a racial slur during Monday's show.
Robach was introducing a segment on rumors that actress Zendaya will play Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming when she said, "We all know Hollywood has received recent and quite a bit of criticism for casting white actors in what one might assume should be a role reserved for colored people." Twitter users quickly called Robach out for using the term "colored people" (one commented that it was "too early to be so offensive") and she later issued a statement saying she regretted the error. "I mistakenly said 'colored people' instead of 'people of color,'" she said. "I sincerely apologize. It was a mistake and is not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life." Catherine Garcia
Retired soccer star Abby Wambach apologized to her "family, friends, fans, and those that look to follow a better example" on Sunday, hours after she was arrested on a DUI charge in Portland.
On her Facebook page, Wambach, 35, said, she was pulled over after dinner at a friend's house. "I take full responsibility for my actions," she said. "This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated." Wambach wrote that those close to her "know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down."
Most of the comments left on her post were positive, with fans saying they appreciated Wambach taking responsibility for her mistake and learning from it. Catherine Garcia
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said during his State of the State address Tuesday that he is "sorry" about the water emergency in Flint and "will fix it."
"You did not create this crisis and you do not deserve this," he said, speaking directly to residents of Flint. "Government failed you at the federal, state, and local level. We need to make sure this never happens against in any Michigan city." Snyder said he will release all emails from 2014 and 2015 related to the catastrophe, and will ask the state Legislature for a $28.5-million supplemental appropriation to cover immediate needs in Flint, including the cost of bottled water and filters, the Detroit Free Press reports.
While under the control of an emergency manager appointed by Snyder in 2014, the city's water source was switched to the polluted Flint River. Residents complained of the water's appearance and taste, and the number of children with elevated blood lead levels doubled. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson released a statement Tuesday to the Huffington Post, saying leaders in Flint "have failed to place the well-being of their residents as a top priority. The people deserve better from their local elected officials, but the federal bureaucracy is not innocent in this as well." Carson said the Environmental Protection Agency "knew well-beforehand about the lack of corrosion controls in the city's water supply, but was either unwilling or unable to address the issue." He did not mention Snyder or members of his administration. Catherine Garcia
It's probably not a shock that Hillary Clinton didn't want to apologize for her private email server — although she finally did on Tuesday — but it might be a little curious to hear that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was staunchly against the idea of her apologizing, too.
The Clintons apparently both agreed that an apology would legitimize the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's use of a private email address and server while she was serving as secretary of state (Clinton, for her part, has said that her actions were fully within the law). The New York Times reports that while at first her staffers agreed an apology wasn't necessary, the increasing rumblings of disapproval eventually made the lack of an apology look bad. But Bill apparently disagreed:
Frustrations came to a head during Mrs. Clinton's late August vacation in the Hamptons, where she and former President Bill Clinton took walks on the beach, socialized, and raised money for her campaign.
Mr. Clinton was adamant that his wife, who is not accused of breaking any laws or rules, had nothing to apologize for, according to people he spoke to. But he also repeatedly urged her aides to try harder to explain Mrs. Clinton's actions to voters in a way that would persuade them she had done nothing wrong.
A number of her friends, meanwhile, separately suggested to Mrs. Clinton during the vacation that she needed to change her approach. [The New York Times]
One of the two gay hoteliers who hosted an event for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) last week in New York City said it was a "terrible mistake," and he has since educated himself on Cruz's stance against gay marriage.
On his Facebook page Sunday, Ian Reisner, who owns the OUT NYC hotel, said he was "ignorant, naive, and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights." He apologized to "the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees," and pledged to "try my best to make up for my poor judgement." He made the apology one day before a planned march outside of OUT NYC, and after the Broadway Cares charity canceled its annual event at a nightclub Reisner co-owns.
Along with his business partner Mati Weiderpass, Reisner held the dinner reception for Cruz on Monday at the duplex they own on Manhattan's Central Park South. It was billed as a "fireside chat" for about 12 people, and was not a fundraiser, The New York Times reports. Reisner, Weiderpass, and Cruz are all staunch supporters of Israel, and after the event, Reisner told the Times, "Ted Cruz was on point on every issue that has to do with national security." Catherine Garcia