Robert Sarver to Sell Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury Following Controversy

Robert Sarver to Sell Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury Following Controversy

Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver has announced that he plans to sell the franchise amid controversy and his own year-long NBA ban.

The ban comes after an in-depth investigation by the NBA and third parties into claims of racism and misogyny against Sarver.

“I am beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and Mercury,” Sarver said in a statement.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a short statement on Tuesday saying: “This is the right next step for the organization and community,” he said.

C.J. McCollum, president of the National Basketball Players Association said:

“We thank Mr. Sarver for making a swift decision that was in the best interest of our sports community.”

The Suns have also released a statement that said: “We agree that Robert Sarver’s decision to sell the Suns and Mercury is in the best interest of the organization and community,”

Sarver’s NBA ban comes after an independent law firm confirmed that Sarver had said the N-word multiple times. Part of the statement said:

“[Sarver] said the N-word at least five times in repeating or purporting to repeat what a Black person said,” despite multiple warnings that “he could never say the N-word, even when quoting someone else.”

Sarver also included the following in his statement:

“I expected that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would provide the time for me to focus, make amends and remove my personal controversy from the teams that I and so many fans love.”

“But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that that is no longer possible — that whatever good I have done, or could still do, is outweighed by things I have said in the past.”

Sports pundits have warned to not allow Sarver to paint himself as the victim in the situation.

Maree cartujano
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