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NBPA executive director Tamika Tremaglio is contacting the NBA to ban Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver forever after a study found he “engaged in conduct that clearly violated common workplace standards.”
Tremaglio told ESPN’s Malika Andrews during an appearance on NBA Today:
“We have been absolutely calling for that. We usually do not want him to stay a posture where he could be managing or engaging with folks who are engaging with this players or our players themselves. We have been absolutely clear from the findings which are for the reason that report that people usually do not want him to stay that position.”
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We have been absolutely calling for that, NBPA executive director Tamika Tremaglio said when asked about banning Robert Sarver forever.
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“Because the executive director of the NBPA, I’m speaking with respect to our players,” she added. “It really is our players’ desire that while we recognize that there’s been an intensive investigation, and we’re happy that the NBA could continue on that, because that’s clearly a thing that you want to see happen, we also desire to make it clear that we usually do not want him back a posture where he’ll be impacting our players and the ones who serve our players every day.”
The NBA announced Tuesday that it had suspended Sarver for just one year and fined him $10 million after a study by regulations firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz found he “said the N-word in repeating or purporting to repeat a Black person on at the very least five occasions during his tenure, including after being advised never to achieve this” and “made many sex-related comments at work.”
Furthermore, the findings declare that Sarver “made inappropriate comments concerning the appearance of female employees along with other women” and “frequently engaged in demeaning and harsh treatment of employees.”
Regulations firm noted that it interviewed 320 people and in addition reviewed a lot more than 80,000 documents on the problem in its investigation.
ESPN’s Baxter Holmes first reported on multiple allegations of racism and misogyny against Sarver in November 2021.
“The amount of misogyny and racism is beyond the pale,” one Suns co-owner said about Sarver, per Holmes. “It’s embarrassing being an owner.”
A former Suns executive added: “There’s literally nothing you can tell me about him from the misogynistic or race standpoint that could surprise me.”
Suns veteran Chris Paul, also a former NBPA president, has recently revealed his displeasure with the NBA’s punishment for Sarver, saying he believes it “fell short,” given the findings of the investigation.
LA Lakers star LeBron James also shared his feelings on the problem, writing on Twitter he felt “our league definitely got this wrong.”
In 2014, the league forced former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling to market the team after he made racist remarks on the phone to his ex-girlfriend. He was also fined $2.5 million.
When asked why Sarver didn’t get a similar punishment, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters Wednesday that both situations are very different and that Sterling was found to possess engaged in “blatant racist conduct fond of a select group.”
Silver added, via ESPN’s Tim Bontemps:
“I’ve certain authority by virtue of the organization, and that is what I exercise. I don’t possess the proper to eliminate his team. I don’t desire to rest on that legal point due to course there may be an activity to eliminate someone’s team in this league. It is rather involved, and I ultimately made a decision that it didn’t rise compared to that level. But, if you ask me, the results are severe here on Mr. Sarver.”
Sarver purchased the Suns in 2004 for $401 million. He also owns the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and LaLiga’s RCD Mallorca.