Robert Sarver says he's starting process to sell NBA's Phoenix Suns, WNBA's Phoenix Mercury

Sports September 21, 2022 Sports
Robert Sarver says he's starting process to sell NBA's Phoenix Suns, WNBA's Phoenix Mercury

From The Washington Post by Ben Golliver

Amid mounting pressure from NBA players, sponsors and local government officials and following his one-year suspension for using racist and misogynistic language, Robert Sarver announced Wednesday plans to sell the Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Mercury.

Prominent NBA stars such as LeBron James, Chris Paul and Draymond Green, as well as National Basketball Players Association executive director Tamika Tremaglio, decried Sarver’s behavior and suggested Silver’s punishment didn’t go far enough, and PayPal said it wouldn’t renew its contract as the Suns’ jersey sponsor after this season if Sarver remained with the team, which he has owned since 2004. Suns minority owner Jahm Najafi and civil rights activists such as Rev. Al Sharpton called for Sarver’s resignation, while Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and city council members issued a statement saying they were “appalled” by his behavior and planned to conduct their own investigation.

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