“ I would like to apologize for my words and actions that offended our employees. While the independent investigation commissioned by the NBA concluded that he had indeed used racist language and made sexist comments in the offices of the Suns, Robert Sarver must today make an act of contrition.
Suspended for a year and sentenced to pay a fine of 10 million dollars, the leader of the Arizona franchise says to himself ” sorry to have caused this suffering, and these errors of judgment are not compatible with my personal philosophy or my values. I accept the consequences of the NBA’s decision. » Gold according to ESPNthe respondent still does not think he deserves such a sanction…
” This moment is an opportunity for me to demonstrate my ability to learn and grow, as we continue to build a work culture where every employee feels comfortable and valued. “Wrote the owner of the Suns and Mercury (WNBA) in his press release, saying to himself” extremely proud of what his franchises have built in terms of ” diversity and inclusion “.
Its representatives took a completely different position in their statement. According to them, the league’s investigation confirmed that none of Mr. Sarver’s actions or comments were based on racist, prejudicial or misogynistic intentions. […] The league also confirmed that there was no evidence whatsoever to support several of the charges reported by ESPN in November 2021.”
The Suns also went there with their own press release. The franchise believes that its owner ” takes responsibility for his actions. He acknowledges that at times during his 18 years in charge of the club, his conduct did not reflect his values or those of the Suns, and that it was incompatible with the progress made by the team direction with Robert’s full support. »
Progress materialized in particular by the recruitment of new human resources managers, the updating of their personnel manual to clearly define the expectations “ on appropriate behavior in the workplace », the adoption of a code of conduct « strict “, the establishment of ” robust processes to report instances of misconduct…
” We are proud of the progress we have already made, and moving forward, our organization will continue to build a top-notch workplace. “, finished the Suns. The latter will have to find a temporary replacement, the time of the suspension. According to ESPNRobert Sarver will work with the league to find him.