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Robert Sarver announces plans to sell Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury after receiving 1-year suspension and $10 million fine

Robert Sarver announces plans to sell Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury after receiving 1-year suspension and $10 million fine

Last week, the NBA announced that Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, would be suspended from both leagues for one year and fined $10 million after an investigation found he used racial slurs, engaged in “unfair conduct toward female employees,” and more. Now it appears that Sarver has decided to sell both basketball teams.

ESPN reports that Sarver issued a statement Wednesday announcing that the process of selling the Suns and Mercury franchises had begun.

In his statement, Sarver said:

“As a man of faith, I believe in the atonement and the path to forgiveness. I was hoping the commissioner’s one-year suspension would give me time to focus, make amends, and remove my personal controversy from the teams I and so many fans love. But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that that is no longer possible, that all the good I have done, or could yet do, is outweighed by the things I have said in the past. For those reasons, I am starting the process of finding buyers for the Suns and Mercury. The words I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that brought people together, and made the Phoenix area stronger, through the unifying power of men’s and women’s professional basketball.”

As previously reported, an investigation into Sarver was launched after ESPN published a story about the racial accusations and misogyny he faced.

In the end, it was found that Sarver “engaged in instances of unfair conduct toward female employees, made many comments related to sex in the workplace, made inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women, and on several occasions participated in inappropriate physical conduct toward male employees.”

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The news of his suspension caused many people to react, including LeBron James, who said:

Even City Girls’ JT commented on the matter while making a quick appearance on the local news in Arizona.

On Wednesday, LeBron James reacted to the news that Sarver sold the teams, saying:

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