With increasing pressure and an exodus of sponsors, Robert Sarver has announced that he will sell Phoenix Sons and Mercury.
It seemed that Robert Sarver had turned off the lights. After a nearly year-long investigation that included more than 300 interviews and a review of more than 800,000 documents, the NBA concluded the owner of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury:
- “Repeated the n-word while repeating the statements of others,” on at least five occasions.
- “Indulging in cases of unjust conduct toward female employees, making multiple sexual comments in the workplace, making inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women, and engaging in inappropriate physical conduct toward male employees on multiple occasions “
- “Engaged in humiliating and treating employees harshly, including yelling and cursing at them.”
For that, he was given a $10 million fine and a one-year suspension, during which he had to complete a training program and respectful conduct in the workplace.
That decision was quickly met with condemnation from players such as LeBron James and Drummond Green, people who were interviewed for the investigation, the minority owner of the team, and countless fans and media members. However, the most significant condemnation may have come from team sponsor PayPal, who announced that they would not renew their partnership with Sun, when Sarwar was still the team owner at the end of this season.
With a major sponsor jumping ship, the writing was on the wall and today the server announced He started the process of getting both the teams ready for sale.
Whom did Robert Sarwar blame for his situation?
Sarwar said in his statement:
“As a man of faith, I believe in the path of atonement and forgiveness. I hoped that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would give me time to focus, make amends, and address my personal disputes from those teams, Which I and many fans love.
“But in our current unforgivable environment, it has become abundantly clear that this is no longer possible – that all the good I have done, or still can do, exceed the things I have said in the past. That’s why I’m starting the process of finding buyers for Sun and Mercury.
He doesn’t say the words “cancel culture,” but you can read through the lines. If only our society was more willing to forgive years of racist, sexist, and abusive behavior it wouldn’t be in a position to be forced to sell the property it bought for $400 million, which is currently valued at nearly $2 billion .