Suns, Mercury owner Robert Sarver announces he is starting process to sell both franchises

Wed, Sep 21, 2022
NBA News (AP)

Suns, Mercury owner Robert Sarver announces he is starting process to sell both franchises

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver announced in a statement Wednesday morning that he has started the process to sell both the Suns and the Phoenix Mercury. This move comes after 'and fined $10 million by the NBA following the completion of an investigation into his inappropriate workplace misconduct.

Per Sarver's statement:

"Words that I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that brought people together - and strengthened the Phoenix area - through the unifying power of professional men's and women's basketball. '

As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness. I expected that the commissioner's one-year suspension would provide the time for me 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 could still do, is outweighed by things I have said in the past. For those reasons, I am beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and Mercury."

Among the findings of that investigation, the league found that Sarver used the N-word on multiple occasions when retelling comments made by Black people even after being told not to, made "sex-related comments" about female employees, and created a work environment that was inequitable toward female employees.

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