Faced with increasing pressure and the beginning flight of sponsors, Robert Sarver has announced plans to sell the Phoenix Suns and Mercury.
It seemed like Robert Sarver had slipped out of the light. After nearly a year of investigation, which included over 300 interviews and a review of more than 800,000 documents, the NBA completed the owner of Phoenix Suns and Mercury:
- “Repeated the N-word when repeating what others said,” on at least five occasions.
- “Involved in cases of unfair behavior towards female employees, made many gender-related comments in the workplace, made inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women, and engaged in inappropriate physical behavior towards male employees on multiple occasions.”
- “Involved in the degrading and harsh treatment of employees, including yelling at and verbal abuse.”
He was fined $10 million and given a one-year ban during which he was required to complete a training program and behave respectfully in the workplace.
This decision was immediately recognized by players such as LeBron James and Draymond GreenPeople, who was questioned for the investigationthe minority owner of the team and countless fans and media members. Perhaps the most notable condemnation, however, came from team sponsor PayPal, who announced they would not renew their partnership with the Suns after this season if Sarver were still team owner.
With a big sponsor jumpship, the writing was on the wall and today it was Sarver announced He had started putting both teams up for sale.
Who did Robert Sarver blame for his situation?
In his statement, Sarver said:
“As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness. I expected that the commissioner’s year-long suspension would give me the time 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 might do is outweighed by things I have said in the past. For these reasons, I am starting to look for buyers for the Suns and Mercury.”
He doesn’t say the words “cancel culture”, but you can read the lines. If only our society were more willing to forgive years of racist, sexist, and abusive behavior, he wouldn’t be forced to sell an asset he bought for $400 million, which is currently valued at nearly $400 million 2 billion dollars.
https://fansided.com/2022/09/21/robert-sarver-sell-suns-mercury-unforgiving-climate/ Robert Sarver tries to sell Suns and Mercury, blames ‘unforgivable climate’