LeBron James and Chris Paul criticize the NBA for the punishment of the owner of the Phoenix Suns. Robert SarverHe was fined $10 million this week and suspended for a year after an independent investigation found him guilty of hateful, racially offensive and inappropriate behavior.
According to the report, an NBA-issued report on Sarver’s behavior by ESPN last fall, the Suns owner “repeated the N-word on at least five occasions during his time in the Sun/Mercury organization when addressing other people’s statements.” ”
He also “acted unfairly towards female employees, made numerous sexist comments in the workplace, made inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women, and on various occasions showed inappropriate physical behavior towards male employees.” ”
“Now read Sarver’s stories a few times.” James He wrote on Twitter. “I have to be honest… our league definitely has this wrong. I don’t need to explain why. You all read the stories and decide for yourselves. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is no place for that kind of behavior in this league.
“I love this league and I deeply respect our leadership. But this is not right. There is no place for sexism, sexism and racism in any workplace. It doesn’t matter if you own the team or play for the team. We hold our league as an example of our values and this is not it.”
According to the NBA, 320 current and former employees who worked for Sarver were interviewed. The NBA said Sarver and the Suns and Mercury organizations are cooperating with the investigation.
Sarver, a majority owner of the Sun and Mercury since 2004, cannot have any involvement with the team during the year and must complete an on-the-job training program. The $10 million fine is the maximum allowed by NBA rules.
Paul, a 12-time All-Star who has played for the Suns since 2020, said the NBA’s punishment should have been more severe.
“Like many others, I reviewed the report. I was shocked and upset by what I read,” said Paul. He wrote on Twitter. “This should not happen again as it is unacceptable especially to women.
“I am of the view that the sanction is too short to properly address the appalling behavior which we can all agree on. My heart goes out to all those affected.
In the year In 2014, then-Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life by the NBA and forced to sell the franchise after making racist comments.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who took over the role shortly before Sterling’s allegations surfaced, clarified that Sarver was not banned for life for his comments.
“This case is very different and it’s not that one is taped and the other is not,” Silver said. NBA.com. “The defense is not strong enough – it is above the gray in every way – but it was a different context than what we saw in the previous case.
“His hiring history, his history of support for certain employees, what the right people said about him — while there were terrible things — and there were many, many people who had positive things to say about him. This process. I took all of that into consideration.
“There are special privileges here for someone who owns an NBA team as opposed to someone who is an employee. The equivalent of a $10 million fine and a one-year ban, I don’t know how to measure that in terms of work. I don’t have the right to take his team… but for me the consequences are dire.