Robert Sarver announced that he will sell his Suns and Mercury basketball teams after being suspended and fined $10 million following charges of employment misconduct.
A year ago, the NBA began an investigation into Suns owner Robert Sarver for allegedly fostering a toxic, misogynistic and racist work environment. The investigation determined that the executive used sex-related comments toward his female employees and created a work environment that was not equitable for his work group.
LeBron James pleased with Suns and Mercury sale
After Sarver officially announced that he will sell his teams, James celebrated the decision.
“I’m so proud to be a part of a league committed to progress!” he said in the tweet.
The Lakers player from the beginning of the accusation against Sarver was on the side of the league and was fine with the fine, suspension and sale.
Official statement from Robert Sarver
“Words that I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that brought people together – and strengthened the Phoenix area – through the unifying power of professional men’s and women’s basketball.
As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness. 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. For those reasons, I am beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and Mercury.
I do not want to be a distraction to these two teams and the fine people who work so hard to bring the joy and excitement of basketball to fans around the world. I want what’s best for these two organizations, the players, the employees, the fans, the community, my fellow owners, the NBA and the WNBA. This is the best course of action for everyone.
In the meantime, I will continue to work on becoming a better person, and continuing to support the community in meaningful ways. Thank you for continuing to root for the Suns and the Mercury, embracing the power that sports has to bring us together.”