Robert Sarver, the controversial owner of Phoenix Suns, is going to sell the club from the NBA. The sixty-year-old American announced this on Wednesday.
The NBA suspended Sarver for a year a week ago and fined him $10 million (10 million euros) after an investigation into racism and misogyny. The independent investigation was carried out after more than 70 Suns employees complained about the sickening atmosphere at the club.
The investigation revealed Sarver’s racist language, among other things. There was also unequal treatment of female employees and sexually explicit comments and behaviour.
NBA stars such as LeBron James and Chris Paul thought the punishment for Sarver was not severe enough. The main sponsor also announced that he would drop out if the owner stayed on. Sarver has now decided to sell his club.
“It has become painfully clear that all the good I have done, or could still do, does not outweigh the things I have said in the past,” he said in a statement. “That’s why I start looking for buyers for the Suns. It’s best for everyone.”
Phoenix Suns reached the NBA Finals last year. It lost to the Milwaukee Bucks. Also in 1976 (against the Boston Celtics) and 1993 (Chicago Bulls) the club from Arizona was the losing finalist.
Source: NU by www.nu.nl.
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