NBA news: A group of civil rights activists is demanding Suns owner Robert Sarver be fired.
The NBA investigation into Robert Sarver, the majority owner of the Phoenix Suns. And the Phoenix Mercury appears to be reaching its conclusion, and a number of activists are now calling on NBA commissioner Adam Silver to take action.
The American Sports Accountability Project (ASAP) issued Silver a letter on Thursday. Requesting that Sarver be fired from the league after the probe. Which it says would “further confirm the innumerable instances and experiences spanning over two decades.”
Sarver has been the subject of an inquiry after more than 70 current. And former workers said the real estate developer used racist, sexist, and generally degrading words while operating the company last November.
The Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling incident, the Dallas Mavericks’ poisonous environment. And the Portland Trail Blazers’ Neil Olshey claims were all compared in ASAP’s letter to the Sarver allegations:
The NBA has made it plain that it does not tolerate hatred, racism. Or any other type of discrimination under your leadership. The League’s introduction of a Social Justice Coalition in 2021 has only added to this. As well as the company’s response to past allegations of wrongdoing.
NBA news: Sarver has denied the allegations
The Clippers, Mavericks, and, most recently, the [Trail Blazers] are among them. In each of the aforementioned situations, the perpetrators were fired from their employment. We see no reason why Mr. Sarver’s reaction should be any different.
Legacy civil rights organizations and social justice activists have criticized the NBA’s culture. And have previously conducted discussions with NBA leadership to bring these concerns to light. Since then, the NBA has led the way in terms of dedication to justice and responsibility in the American sports world.
As Commissioner of the NBA, your reaction to the inquiry and the Board of Governors’ subsequent action must be consistent with the league’s professed commitment to social justice and previous choices to punish individuals who have a history of abusive behavior.
Leaders from Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and the Black Women’s Roundtable were among the signees.
The organization also supplied Sarver’s leaked “roast” of a late Suns minority owner. Which featured numerous jokes that matched the claimed language that landed him into trouble, according to the letter, which “lends painful validity to charges” against him.
The NBA’s inquiry, led by the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, has allegedly examined more than 300 Suns workers as of this month and is set to interrogate Sarver himself. When the probe will be completed is unknown.