Robert Sarver says he’s started the process of selling Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, a move that comes just eight days after it went on sale.For misconduct in the workplace including racist rhetoric and hostile behavior towards employees.
Sarfer announce this Wednesday, saying “Selling is the best course of action.”
“But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that this is no longer possible – anything good that I have done, or can still do, is outweighed by the things I have said in the past,” Sarver wrote in a statement. “For these reasons, I am beginning the process of finding buyers for Suns and Mercury.”
Surfer bought Teams in July 2004. He’s not the only owner, but he is the primary owner.
“Words I deeply regret now cast a shadow over nearly two decades of building organizations that have brought people together,” he wrote on Wednesday.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued a brief statement Wednesday afternoon saying, “I fully support Robert Sarver’s decision to sell the Phoenix Suns and Mercury. This is the right next step for the organization and community.”
Last week, the NBA suspended Surfer for a year and fined him $10 millionHe found that he engaged in what the association calls “workplace misconduct and organizational failure.”
NBA superstars LeBron James and Chris Paul criticized the punishment, saying it wasn’t enough. Paypal Suns patron also saidIf Sarver remains the owner of the team.
The results of the league’s investigation came nearly a year after the National Basketball Association asked a law firm to investigate allegations that Sarver had a history of racist and misogynistic incidents during his nearly two-decade-long tenure overseeing the franchise.
The association said the report based its findings on interviews with 320 people, including current and former employees who worked for both teams while Sarver was a managing partner, as well as more than 80,000 documents and materials such as emails, text messages and videos.
“I don’t want to be a distraction to these two amazing teams and the amazing people who are working so hard to bring joy and excitement to basketball for fans around the world,” Sarver said. “I want what’s best for these two organizations, the players, the staff, the fans, the community, my fellow owners, the NBA and the NBA.”