Robert Sarver conveyed a plan to sell the Phoenix Suns and Mercury (WNBA). Sarver made the announcement on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, United States time. Various considerations for obtaining the decision, one of which is the increasing pressure from NBA players. Not only NBA players but guarantors and local government officials are also involved. Currently, Sarver is being suspended for one year for using racist and misogynistic language. The 60-year-old real estate developer says he doesn’t want to be in the limelight. Because this will have an effect on the two basketball teams.
Quoting from The Washington Post, Sarver said that the one-year suspension would give him time to focus, make amends, Sarver also wanted to wipe away his personal controversy from the team he was proud of. However, in the current unforgiving environment, it was no longer possible for him to be at the club. Of course this punishment is comparable to the things I have said in the past. For that reason, I started the process of finding a buyer for Suns and Mercury.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he fully supports Robert Sarver’s decision to sell the Phoenix Suns and Mercury. Whereas Silver, previously did not want to issue a life ban for Sarver. Just like former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in 2014 for his racist comments.
Tableware maintains that the cases of the two club owners are different. However, seeing the development of the current situation, tableware expressed support for Sarver to transfer Suns and Mercury.
“This is the right decision for the organization and the community. Apart from that, I can see different understandings of this case. But everyone has a different judgment in this case,” said Tableware.
Robert Sarver is under pressure
Lately, Robert Sarver has been under a lot of pressure. NBA stars such as LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Draymond Green, as well as NBPA executive director Tamika Tremaglio. They criticized Sarver’s behavior and said the NBA had made a mistake. They consider the punishment that the NBA gave Sarver is a light sentence.
Not only that, PayPal as the guarantor of Suns also expressed his opinion. He will not renew his contract after this season if Sarver stays with the team. Suns minority owner Jahm Najafi and civil rights activists have called for Sarver’s resignation. While Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and city councilors also condemned Sarver’s behavior. They planned to carry out their own investigation.
Sarver’s decision to pursue the sale of the Suns was greeted with relief throughout the league. National Basketball Players Association president CJ McCollum, also released a statement regarding Sarver.
“We thank Robert Sarver for making this swift decision, which is in the best interest of our sporting community,” McCollum said.
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