Racism, sexism and harassment: NBA franchise sale process begins

The NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury are looking for a new owner following complaints and sanctions against Robert Sarver.

robert sarver, Owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercuryrecently allowed a one-year disqualification from his duties and fined 10 million dollars for abusive behavior towards your employeesannounced the start of Franchise sales process.

Sarver published a statement in the official accounts of the franchises in which he reports the process of selling the teams and, at the same time, said very sorry for his behavior: “Words I deeply regret have stained nearly two decades where I have built teams that brought people together, and strengthened the Phoenix area“And he added that all the good that he has done or may continue to do for the franchises is outweighed by what he has said in the past and it is his decision to turn the property over to new owners- property

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The punishment of one year in his duties and the fine of 10 million dollars were announced as a result of a investigation conducted by the NBA after denunciations in a report conducted by ESPN where 70 Sarver’s workers and former employees accused him of racism and machismo within a toxic work environment. The penalty is the maximum ever applied by the League.

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Days past like the stars LeBron James, of the Los Angeles Lakers, or Chris Paulfrom the team itself, showed their dissatisfaction with the punishment for considering it ´minor´. The Suns point guard wrote: “In my view, the penalties are not enough to condemn what we all consider to be very bad behavior. My heart goes out to all those affected.”

The franchise of The Phoenix Suns are worth $1.8 billion.according to Forbes. And most car teams with recent acquisitions are:

  • Brooklyn Nets, $3.3 billion
  • Houston Rockets, $2.2 billion
  • LA Clippers, $2 billion
  • Utah Jazz, $1.6 billion
  • Minnesota Timberwolves, $1.3 billion

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