One day after NBA Phoenix Suns and WNBA Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver was suspended for one year and fined $10 million by the NBA in an investigation into the Suns franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James He raised the issue on social media.

The NBA announced the punishment on Tuesday, saying that during the investigation with the Suns and Mercury, Sarver used the N-word at least five times “when referring to other people’s statements.”

James, in two tweets in a row on Wednesday“He’s read Sarver’s stories a few times now. I have to be honest…our league definitely made this mistake. I don’t need to explain why. You all read the stories and decide for yourselves. It’s been said before and I’ll say it again, there’s no place for that kind of behavior in this league. I love this league. And I have a lot of respect for our leader, but that’s not right. There’s no place for meanness, sexism, and racism in any workplace. It doesn’t matter if you own the team or play for the team. We hold our league up to our values ​​and that’s not it.”

NBA Sarver has “fully cooperated with the investigation process,” league sources told ESPN’s Baxter Holmes and Adrian Wojnarowski on Tuesday, rejecting the suggestion that Sarver deserves a one-year suspension and a $10 million fine. The punishment part of the process has turned out to be largely abhorrent, sources said.

The investigation, led by New York-based law firm Wachtel Lipton, said Sarver “engaged in conduct that violated collective workplace standards as outlined in team and league rules and policies.”

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