Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver suspended and fined $10 million

2022-09-13T21:02:00+00:00 2022-09-13T21:02:00+00:00.

Aris Barkas

13/Sep/22 21:02

Robert Sarver was the subject of an investigation and one of the biggest punishments every by the NBA

By Eurohoops team/

Robert Sarver, owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, has been suspended one year and fined $10 million by the NBA as a result of an investigation into the Suns franchise.

The NBA announced the punishment Tuesday, saying 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.”

There also were “instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees,” the NBA said in its statement, including “sex-related comments” and inappropriate comments on employees’ appearances.

The NBA commissioned an investigation after ESPN published a story in November 2021 detailing allegations of racism and misogyny during Sarver’s 17 years as owner.