The NBA owners on Thursday called on Mark Cuban, the owner of the Miami Heat, to resign from his position as the league’s commissioner, amid mounting criticism of the league for a string of high-profile issues.
The owners said they were concerned about the impact of the ongoing investigation into the Russian election interference and the impact it would have on their relationship with Cuban.
Cuban was one of the few owners not to respond to the calls for him to step down from the position.
The NBA said he would have until the end of the month to formally submit his resignation or leave the league.
The owners also said they would hold an extraordinary meeting next month to discuss how to proceed in the wake of the investigations.
The meeting was to be held at the league office in New York, but league officials told reporters that was not necessary.
The league also has been rocked by allegations that it hid the identities of Russian operatives involved in the 2016 election, and that it helped cover up Russian involvement in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.
The investigation was launched after former President Donald Trump accused the league of covering up the Kremlin’s involvement in meddling in the election.
The investigations into Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign have been the focus of much media coverage, and many have called for Cuban to step aside, but few have followed through.
Cuban’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Miami Heat will open training camp in July and face the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason exhibition game in Miami on Wednesday night.
The Heat have a 4-4 record, but Miami lost two of three games in the first half of the season after going 8-1.
The Dolphins also play the New York Knicks on Monday.