Former NBA Employee: I Was Fired For Speaking Up About Sexual Harassment
6:40 pm, December 15th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Admittedly, professional sports aren’t exactly what you think of when you’re talking about women-friendly industries. But allegations of unreported sexual harassment and misogyny at the NBA are even more awful than you would imagine. And what’s worse: the security official who was bold enough to try to put a stop to it says he was punished for speaking up.
Warren Glover, a security director at the NBA, was fired over the summer after a decade with the organization, The New York Times reports. He alleges it’s because he spoke out about the harassment and intolerant culture that he reported to officials. Who apparently did nothing about it.
Glover has tons of stoies. One of his male colleagues, he says, made moves on a female co-worker, and then made fun of her when she turned him down. Then there was the other co-worker who reportedly looked at pornographic photos on his computer and made offensive comments to female co-workers. All in all, it sounds pretty bad.
But the worst part of Glover’s allegations are that he says he was passed over for promotions and started receiving bad reviews around the same time he started reporting the incidents. That’s what he’s suing about. The NBA, by the way, hasn’t seen the case yet, but they contend the allegations are without merit.
Whether or not Glover’s allegations are entirely true, it’s disturbing to see that this kind of culture is something that might be prevalent at a professional sports organization. It’s alarming to see that women are reportedly being harassed, but it’s doubly alarming to see that righteous men are possibly being harangued for reporting it.