Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Report: Sun owner Robert Sarver has a history of racism, misogyny

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns strongly denied a report published Thursday that said owner Robert Sarver has a history of racist, misogynistic and hostile incidents during the franchise’s 17-year tenure.

ESPN said it spoke to dozens of current and former team employees for the story, including some detailing inappropriate behavior by Sarver. Most of the allegations are from anonymous sources but some are on record.

In the ESPN report, Sarwar denied or disputed most of the allegations through his legal team.

“I fully welcome an unbiased NBA investigation that may prove to be our only outlet to clean my name and the reputation of the organization that is involved,” Sarwar said in a new statement released through the team on Thursday. But I’m very proud.”

Among the allegations: Former Suns coach Earl Watson said Sarwar was upset that Golden State forward Drummond Greene used the n-word during a game in 2016 and that the owner used the n-word several times in a row, expressing his displeasure. repeated. Watson said he told Sarwar that he could not use that word.

Watson was the Suns’ coach for all or three seasons before being fired three games in the 2017–18 season.

Sarwar said in his statement that Watson was “clearly not a credible source.”

“While there is so much wrong and confusing in this story that I hardly know where to begin, let me be clear: the n-word is not part of my vocabulary,” Sarver said. “I have never said the n-word to anyone or any group of people, or referred to someone or a group of people by that word, either verbally or in writing. I do not use that word does.”

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The report also details a story of how Sarwar gave a picture of his wife in a sans bikini to the staff. More than a dozen employees also said that Sarwar had a history of “making lewd remarks at all staff meetings,” the report said.

In the ESPN story, league spokesman Mike Bass says the NBA “has not received complaints of misconduct at the Sans organization through any of our processes, including through our confidential workplace misconduct hotline or other correspondence.”

Sarwar has owned Sons since 2004. The 59-year-old Phoenix businessman also owns the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA.

The Sons are coming off one of the most successful seasons in their history, making it to the NBA Finals with Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton before losing in six games to the Milwaukee Bucks. He has made it to the final three times in 1976, 1993 and 2021, but has never won the championship.

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