NBA suspends Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver after probe finds workplace misconduct, use of racial slurs and sex-related comments

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NBA suspends Robert Sarwarmaster Phoenix Sons and MercuryOfficials said Tuesday that he was fined $10 million for a year and after an investigation uncovered racist and sexist workplace conduct.

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For the next year Sarver will be banned from all NBA and WNBA buildings, “including any office, field or practice facility,” according to a league statement.

The NBA stated that he will not be permitted to participate in any NBA or WNBA event, represent the team in any capacity, engage in any team business or basketball operations, or play any role in any league governance.


the league was investigating Inspired by the ESPN story of November 4thThere are longstanding allegations of racism and malpractice within the Phoenix basketball operation.

The NBA hired Watchel, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, a New York-based law firm, to lead its investigation into Sarwar, and investigators interviewed 320 people, including current and former team employees.

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According to the NBA, Sarwar, team management and staff “cooperated fully with the investigation process”.

The investigation found that Sarwar, who has been the franchise’s managing partner for 18 years, repeated the “n-word” while repeating statements from others “on at least five occasions”.

The NBA found that he “engaged in cases of unequal conduct toward female employees, made multiple sex-related comments in the workplace, made inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women.”

The NBA executive also “engaged in abusing and harsh treatment of employees” that “constituted bullying,” the league found.

“The statements and conduct described in the findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and disappointing,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

silver, head League since early 2014He may be best known for the action when he banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life over a series of racist comments made by Southern California real estate magnates.

A representative for Sarwar could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

As the suspension team, a sun on the floor is in the midst of a renaissance Franchise record 64 wins In 2021-22.

The Suns are expected to be one of the NBA’s elite clubs again 2022-23 and present a serious challenge To split rivals and defend NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

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