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Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver suspended by NBA for one year, fined $10 million

Sep 13, 2022

The NBA on Tuesday announced a one-year suspension and $10 million fine of Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver following a lengthy independent investigation into workplace misconduct allegations.

The league launched the investigation into Sarver following a November 2021 article published by ESPN's Baxter Holmes, whose interviews with more than 70 current and former Suns employees revealed a history of alleged "racially insensitive language," "misogynistic" behavior and other hostile workplace misconduct.

According to a statement from the league office, the investigation revealed three key findings:

Sarver, on at least five occasions during his tenure with the Suns/Mercury organization, repeated the N-word when recounting the statements of others.

Sarver engaged in instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees, made many sex-related comments in the workplace, made inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women, and on several occasions engaged in inappropriate physical conduct toward male employees.

Sarver engaged in demeaning and harsh treatment of employees, including by yelling and cursing at them.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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