LeBron James, Chris Paul criticize Robert Sarver’s lenient punishment: NBA ‘definitely got this wrong’

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James said the NBA was “wrong” to only suspend Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.

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On Tuesday, the league handed Sarver a one-year suspension and a $10 million fine after a 10-month NBA investigation found he violated normal workplace standards. The misconduct included “the use of racially insensitive language; unequal treatment of female employees; sex-related statements and conduct; and harsh treatment of employees that sometimes constituted bullying”.

A day later, James said that Sarwar’s lenient punishment “is not right.”

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“Read through the server stories a few times now. I have to be honest… Our league definitely did it wrong,” James tweeted on Wednesday evening. “I don’t need to explain why… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this kind of behavior has no place in this league.”

“I love this league and I deeply respect its leadership. But this is not right,” he said.

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James said that “there is no place for misogyny, sexism and racism in any workplace.”

“It doesn’t matter if you own the team or play for the team,” James said. “We uphold our league as an example of our values ​​and that’s not the point.”

James asked his 52 million followers to “read the stories and decide for themselves”.

An independent investigation by the Wachtel, Lipton, Rosen & Katz law firm found that Sarver used the N-word on at least five occasions – most recently in 2017 – to say what someone else said. She told a pregnant employee that she would not be able to do her job after becoming a mother and commented on women crying too much.

They “engaged in cases of unequal treatment of female employees, made multiple sex-related remarks in the workplace, made inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women, and, on several occasions, inappropriate physical conduct towards male employees.” indulged,” as per the investigation.

Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul said he was “horrified and disappointed” by the report.

“This conduct, especially towards women, is unacceptable and should never be repeated,” Paul tweeted. “I believe the sanctions came down to addressing what we can really agree on, which was atrocious behavior. My heart goes out to all those who were affected.”

In response to his suspension and fine, Sarwar took “full responsibility” for his actions.

“Good leadership requires accountability. For Sun and Mercury organizations, that starts with me,” he wrote. “While I disagree with some of the details of the NBA report, I do want to apologize for my words and actions that have hurt our employees. I take full responsibility for what I have done. I feel pain and these errors.” Sorry for that. The decisions are not in line with my personal philosophy or my values.”

Sarwar’s statement said: “I accept the consequences of the NBA’s decision. This moment is an opportunity for me to demonstrate my ability to learn and grow as we continue to build a work culture where every employee is comfortable.” and feels valued.”

The investigation began after an ESPN report into allegations of racism and abuse against Sarwar last November, which claimed he had created a “toxic” work environment within the Sans organization during his 17-year tenure as owner.

Contribution: Jeff Zilgit




Source: www.usatoday.com

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