Robert Sarver Apr 19, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver against the New Orleans Pelicans during game two of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

On the heels of Tuesday’s year-long suspension and $10 million fine earned by Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver, Adam Silver gave his first public comments about the saga that stretched over the last year and culminated in the ruling.

Sarver was suspended for fostering a culture of intimidation, sexual harassment, and racial insensitivity within the organizations. Silver spoke today at a press conference about the punishment given out.

“The conduct is indefensible but I feel like we dealt with it in a fair manner,” said Silver.

Throughout the basketball world, there was much eye rolling and indignation about Silver’s comments and Sarver’s punishment overall.

The big question asked by many fans and media members alike was why did Sarver just get a suspension while previous Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was forced into selling the team. Many were implying that whether or not an owner’s actions affect the league’s bottom line will determine whether or not they’re forced out of the league.


Sarver’s reported regular use of the N-word was a big sticking point in the investigation. In a statement, the NAACP said that the punishment against Sarver didn’t go far enough.

Regardless of the reactions, Sarver will be unable to represent the Suns or Mercury in any way for one year, and he will not appeal the decision.

[Ben Golliver]

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