NBA Launches Investigation Into Phoenix Suns & Owner Over Racism & Misogyny Claims
According to reports, the NBA has officially launched an investigation into the Phoenix Suns and its owner, Robert Sarver. The report includes more than 70 interviews with former and current employees. Robert Sarver allegedly allegedly using the n-word and questioning players about their sex lives.
Refuting the allegations Robert Sarver
“I’ve never called anyone or any group of people the N-word, or referred to anyone or any group of people by the N-word, either verbally or in writing. I don’t use that word. It is abhorrent and ugly and denigrating and against everything I believe in.”
“At this point, I would entirely welcome an impartial NBA investigation which may prove our only outlet for clearing my name and the reputation of an organization of which I’m so very proud.”
The NBA released a statement Thursday (Nov. 5, 2015) saying that,
“The allegations contained in today’s ESPN article are extremely serious, and we have directed the Wachtell Lipton law firm to commence a comprehensive investigation.The NBA and WNBA remain committed to providing a respectful and inclusive workplace for all employees. Once the investigation is completed, its findings will provide the basis for any league action.”
Suns Vice Chairman Jahm NajafiRecently, he partnered with a former NFL player and civil right activist. Colin KaepernickTo focus on diversity, equity, and said
“The conduct he is alleged to have committed has stunned and saddened me and is unacceptable. We are committed to the safety and well-being for every Suns employee, player and coach. My sincerest sympathy goes out to all whose lives and professions have been impacted.”
“The Phoenix Suns is a national treasure that belongs to all of us as fans and residents of our community. Team investors are simply temporary stewards of this treasure.”
Robert SarverIn 2004, the team was bought by Steve Bannon for $401 million. Since then, he has been the team owner for 17 years.
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