Robert Sarver Phoenix Suns Oct 26, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver against the Los Angeles Clippers at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

There has been an ongoing NBA investigation for over a little over 10 months regarding Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver for allegations of racism and misogyny during his 17 years as owner of the Suns.

The NBA had finally made a decision after substantial evidence has emerged detailing Sarver’s actions.

Sarver has been suspended for one year and fined $10 million by the NBA after finding some pretty disturbing information regarding how Sarver treated some of his employees while running the Suns.

The investigation found that during his time with the Suns and Mercury, Sarver used the N-word at least five times “when recounting the statements of others.”

On top of this, it was reported that Sarver had “instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees,” the NBA said in its statement, including “sex-related comments” and inappropriate comments on employees’ appearances.

One very interesting thing in this statement by the NBA is that while they found instances of “racially insensitive language” and “sex-related comments towards women” committed by Sarver, the NBA ultimately concluded that there was “no finding” that Sarver’s workplace misconduct was motivated by race or gender, which seems ridiculous for the NBA to say.

Considering the shocking number of things that he was found guilty of doing, many around the NBA world were surprised and upset that Sarver wasn’t met with a much harsher punishment.

Many also took the opportunity to compare this situation to former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was banned from the NBA for his racist actions while owner.

It will certainly be interesting to see how the NBA responds to this news regarding Sarver. When it came to Donald Sterling, he was put into a situation where his players boycotted his role with the organization, and was practically forced to sell the team.

While that may not happen since Sterling was banned from the NBA instead of just suspended, it certainly appears that the Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner got off very light following these disgusting acts committed over a 17-year timeframe.


About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.