Disgraced Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver sells both teams


Robert Sarver

Robert Sarver
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The NBA is better today than it was yesterday. I guess that’s something.

Robert Sarver issued a statement, in which he announced that he had begun the process of selling the Phoenix Suns and Mercury. A lengthy investigation was recently published that exposed the many ways in which Sarver supervised a toxic and offensive workplacelargely because of his actions and statements.

The result of the investigation was a one-year suspension and a $10 million fine, a much-decried punishment in all the sports media, and by a james lebron. Much like Adam Silver’s comments when he spotlighted the elephant in the room saying there’s a difference between being employed by the NBA and owning a franchise. The backlash toward Silver escalated further when an NBA public relations representative tried to walk back these comments.

Whatever has happened since the release of the report and the press conference, the right decision has been made. Sarver returning to the offices of the Suns and Mercury as chief in a year was not a tenable situation. For once, Sarver did what was best for everyone, but of course he found a way to be offensive while announcing that NBA fans will soon never have to worry again. from him.

Here is the opening paragraph of his press release:

Words that I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that have brought people together — and strengthened the Phoenix area — through the unifying power of men’s and women’s professional basketball.

Sarver brought people together well. He built an organization that eventually brought together 320 people for an investigation that revealed he stuck his dick out in front of employees literally and figuratively.

It’s bad enough that Sarver can’t lose in this situation. Franchise valuations have been in a space shuttle launch since he bought the Suns in 2004. The price he paid was then a record $401 million. Steve Ballmer bought the Los Angeles Clippers eight years ago for $2 billion when a bigoted slumlord named Donald Strling was eventually kicked out of the league after he was filmed telling his mistress that being around black people during matches, especially Magic Johnson, made him look bad to other racists.

Sarver should have just copied Michael Jordan’s famous 1995 fax and replaced the word “I’m back” with “I’m selling”, especially if this owner doesn’t want to take ownership of his actions and words while being absolved of everything judgement. by the public.

In the statement, he said that “as a man of faith” he believed in “atonement and forgiveness” and had hoped that the year of suspension would give him the opportunity to redeem himself for what ‘He did.

First of all, what is your faith, Sarver? Do you believe in God, Scientology, the fable of Brownie the Elf, or that people should do what you want them to do?

To make amends, there must be an admission of wrongdoing. When ESPN was set to release a report on Sarver – a report that would lead to the NBA’s investigation – here’s some of what he had to say in a statement before it has been published.

“While I cannot begin to know how to respond to some of the vague suggestions made by mostly anonymous voices, I can certainly tell you that some of the statements which I find completely repugnant to my nature and the character of the Suns/Mercury place work and I can tell you that never happened.

“I categorically deny all suggestions that I have used derogatory language related to race or gender. I would like to believe that my actions and my public record regarding race, gender or discrimination of any kind, during of a life in business and community service, will adequately answer any questions anyone may have about my commitment to equality and equity.

Looks like there’s nothing to fix. By representation, he denied ESPN all of the details of their report, except for the one about him slapping an employee at an Ice Bucket Challenge event in 2014. Sarver also denied most of what he said. was charged to NBA investigators. Like this lunch to which only female employees were invited after he yelled at a woman who then started crying? Sarver said it was to foster networking between employees and the bank, of which he was CEO, and the Suns and Mercury. NBA investigators did not believe this.

A “ruthless climate” in 2022 is not the reason Sarver’s public image is less than that of underground gas pipes. He raised all hell, fire and brimstone to defend himself, and it turned out to be full of hot air. His actions as owner of the Suns and Mercury were heinous. For 18 years, he did and said what he wanted around these employees. He showed little or no respect for human dignity and it can be said that he took pleasure in making people’s lives miserable.

So yes, it’s great that he sells his teams. It’s got to happen, but Robert Sarver’s audacity to believe it’s somehow the public’s fault if it happens shows that society’s cultural problem is not an unforgiving climate (physically, that’s a whole other story). people, the illusion can lead to a profit of 2 billion dollars.

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