Soon to be, former Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver appears to be looking to sell his teams after allegations surface, according to ESPN. After the racist comments made by Sarver surfaced immediate action was taken place to assure there would be consequences. Sarver released a statement addressing the issue and announced his release of owning the Suns and Mercury.
Robert Sarver has announced that he has begun the process to sell both the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury franchises. pic.twitter.com/HqvNe0RNuH
— ESPN (@espn) September 21, 2022
“As a man of faith, I believe in the atonement and the path to forgiveness,” Sarver said in a statement Wednesday. “I expected that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would provide the time for me to focus, and make amends. Additionally, remove my personal controversy from the teams that I and so many fans love.
“But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that that is no longer possible — that whatever good I have done, or could still do, is outweighed by things I have said in the past. For those reasons, I am beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and Mercury.”
Nba commissioner Adam Silver surprisingly was in full support of Sarver’s decision. Many leagues wouldn’t attack their players like that. However, Silver appears to be standing for his players and the mission of the league. Springing into action as Silver did is inspiring and hopefully sets the standard for other leagues throughout the world. One of the biggest faces who spoke out in support of Silver’s decision to stand with the players was LeBron James via Twitter.
I’m so proud to be a part of a league committed to progress! https://t.co/c89Ad7AKZO
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 21, 2022
“This is the right next step for the organization and community,” Silver said.
Why is Robert Sarver Selling the Phoenix Suns?
Initially, after the racist remarks, Sarver was suspended for one year and fined $10 million. However, after receiving a ton of backlash from fans and even current players. Naturally, many believed he was pressured into selling the team. The scrutiny his team was under, as well as, himself was not going to be worth it. Not to mention, the distractions the team would have to deal with all season are based on Sarver’s actions.
“Words that I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that brought people together — and strengthened the Phoenix area — through the unifying power of professional men’s and women’s basketball,” Sarver wrote in his statement.