Phoenix Suns Vice Chairman Calls For Owner To Resign

Phoenix Suns Vice Chairman Jahm Najafi is looking for the resignation of Suns proprietor Robert Sarver after allegations of racism and misogyny within the office surfaced this week.

Najafi launched a prolonged statement on Thursday, thanking the targets of Sarver’s mistreatment for talking out about his conduct because the proprietor of the Suns over the previous 18 years. The vice chairman stated there ought to be “zero tolerance for discriminatory actions of any level, in any setting, let alone a professional one.”

“There is no question that the findings determined that Mr. Sarver’s lewd, misogynist, and racist conduct had a substantial negative impact on you and has no place in our society,” Najafi stated within the assertion.

Sarver additionally owns the Phoenix Mercury, which performs within the WNBA.

The NBA launched an impartial 10-month investigation into Sarver’s time because the proprietor of each groups and located that he engaged in conduct together with “the use of racially insensitive language; unequal treatment of female employees; sex-related statements and conduct; and harsh treatment of employees that on occasion constituted bullying.”

Most notably, the report discovered that Sarver repeated the N-word on not less than 5 events “when recounting the statements of others.” The report additionally concluded that Sarver made sex-related feedback at work and, on a number of events, “made inappropriate comments” about feminine workers’ and different ladies’s appearances.

Sarver was suspended from the league for one yr and fined $10 million on Wednesday for his actions.

NBA superstars LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul, who performs for the Suns, slammed the NBA for permitting Sarver’s conduct to run unchecked for therefore lengthy.

“Our league definitely got this wrong,” James stated on Twitter on Wednesday.

“There is no place in this league for that kind of behavior,” James continued. “I love this league and I deeply respect our leadership. But this isn’t right. There is no place for misogyny, sexism, and racism in any work place. Don’t matter if you own the team or play for the team. We hold our league up as an example of our values and this aint it.”

Paul said on Twitter that he was “horrified” by the report, including that the league’s sanctions “fell short in truly addressing what we can all agree was atrocious behavior.”