Last week, the NBA announced that Robert Sarver, the owner of both the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury, will be suspended from both leagues for a year and fined $10 million after an investigation determined he used profanity about him. race, as well as “unfair behavior toward female employees,” added . Now it looks like Sarver has decided to sell both basketball teams.
ESPN reported that Sarver released a statement on Wednesday where he claimed to have begun the process of selling both the Suns and Mercury brands.
In his statement, Sarver said,
“As a person of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness. I hope that the commissioner’s one-year suspension will give me time to focus, correct, and remove my personal controversies from the teams that I and so many of the fans love. But in our current climate of zero tolerance, it has become painfully clear that it is no longer possible – that whatever good I have done, or still could do, are all superior to what I have said in the past. For those reasons, I am beginning the process of finding a buyer for the Sun and Mercury. Words that I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that bring people together – and strengthen the Phoenix area – through the unifying power of men’s and women’s basketball. professionally. “
As previously reported, an investigation into Sarver was launched after ESPN posted a story about the racial and misconduct allegations he faced.
Finally, it was concluded that Sarver had “engaged in cases of unfair treatment of female employees, made numerous gender-related remarks in the workplace, made inappropriate comments about appearance of female employees and other women, and in some cases engaged in inappropriate physical behavior toward male employees. “
The news of his suspension caused many reactions, including LeBron James saying:
behavior. I love this tournament and I have so much respect for our leadership. But this is not true. There is no place for alienation, sexism and racism in any workplace. It doesn’t matter whether you own the team or play for the team. We see our league as an example of our values and this evokes it.
– LeBron James (@KingJames) September 14, 2022
Even City Girls’ JT commented on the issue while making a quick appearance on the local news in Arizona.
On Wednesday, LeBron James reacted to the news of Sarver selling the team and said:
I’m so proud to be a part of the committed progressive league! https://t.co/c89Ad7AKZO
– LeBron James (@KingJames) September 21, 2022
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