Robert Sarver, proprietor of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, mentioned he’s beginning to search consumers for the NBA and WNBA franchises amid mounting stress to step down after an investigation discovered he used racist slurs and harassed feminine workers.
Sarver mentioned in a press release that he had deliberate to make amends throughout his one-year suspension, however that “the current unforgiving climate” made that unattainable.
“Whatever good I have done, or could still do, is outweighed by things I have said in the past,” he mentioned within the Wednesday assertion. “I want what’s best for these two organizations, the players, the employees, the fans, the community, my fellow owners, the NBA and the WNBA. This is the best course of action for everyone.”
The Phoenix Suns and Mercury didn’t instantly reply to a number of requests for remark.
The NBA confronted criticism following its Sept. 13 resolution to droop Sarver for a 12 months and make him to pay a $10 million tremendous, which falls in need of what was imposed on former Los Angeles Clippers proprietor Donald Sterling, who was banned from the league for all times in 2014 and compelled to promote his group over racist remarks.
“I do not want to be a distraction to these two teams and the fine people who work so hard to bring the joy and excitement of basketball to fans around the world,” Sarver mentioned. “I will continue to work on becoming a better person, and continuing to support the community in meaningful ways.”
—With help from Kamaron Leach.
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