For the last few months, people have been wondering what the future would hold for Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver.
Sarver was under investigation by the NBA for some very serious allegations related to racist comments and sexist conduct.
The charges were so severe that some speculated he could lose his ownership of the team.
Breaking: Suns owner Robert Sarver has been suspended one year and fined $10 million by the NBA as a result of the league’s investigation into allegations of racism and misogyny, the league announced.
— ESPN (@espn) September 13, 2022
In the end, the sentence wasn’t that grave but Sarver is definitely facing a major fine and restrictions because of his actions.
The NBA announced that Sarver has been suspended for one year from all NBA and WNBA activities along with a $10 million fine.
This is the end result of the league’s in-depth investigation that spoke with hundreds of people, including Sarver who “cooperated fully with the investigative process.”
So Long, Sarver
The allegations against the Suns’ owner came to light after ESPN published a story about him in November 2021 that detailed instances of racism and misogyny.
In the end, the NBA found that Sarver had “repeated the N-word when recounting the statements of others” at least five times and “engaged in instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees, made many sex-related comments in the workplace, made inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women, and on several occasions engaged in inappropriate physical conduct toward male employees.”
Additionally, Sarver also performed “demeaning and harsh” treatment of employees, including yelling and cursing at them.
This isn’t the end of Sarver’s career but it will certainly remain a dark mark on it for some time.
It is also an instance of the NBA working well to address allegations and then hand down a punishment.
The entire report about Sarver is now available to the public online, as the NBA wishes to be transparent about the entire process.