LeBron James He detailed his disappointment with the NBA penalty for Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, writing “Dorina definitely got it wrong” in a series of social media posts on Wednesday.
Sarver was banned from the NBA for a year and fined $10 million after the NBA on Tuesday published its findings from a 10-month independent investigation into allegations of workplace abuse during Sarver’s nearly spanning tenure as a managing partner of Suns. of two decades.
behavior. I love this league and deeply respect our leadership. But this is not true. There is no place for misogyny, sexism and racism in any workplace. It doesn’t matter if you own the team or play with it. We set our union as an example of our values and this is not the case.
– LeBron James (@KingJames) September 14, 2022
Suns point guard Chris PaulJames, who also served as president of the National Basketball Players Association for two terms, expressed similar sentiments to James, writing, “It is my view that the sanctions fail to address what we can all agree is appalling behaviour.”
In my view, sanctions have failed to address what we can all agree is terrible behaviour. My heart goes out to all the affected people.
– Chris Paul (@CP3) September 15, 2022
Among the array of allegations first reported by ESPN in November that were confirmed by an investigation by law firms Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Sarver has, on at least five occasions, repeated the N-word when listing statements from others.
Earlier Wednesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed concerns that he sent her from the league’s player base, which is roughly 75% black.
“I spoke to some players,” Silver said at a news conference in New York after the league’s board of governors meeting. “These were private conversations. I’ll leave it to the players to talk directly about how they feel.”
Silver continued to describe his conversations with the players as “disheartening” because, he said, “I think these players see that we continue to deal with these issues.”
Later on Wednesday, NBPA Executive Director Tamika Trimaglio released a statement, saying that “Sarfer’s reported actions and behavior are outrageous and have no place in our sport or any workplace for that matter.”
Trimaglio added that she “has briefed Adam Silver on my position regarding my thoughts on the extent of the penalty, and I strongly believe that Mr. Sarver should not hold a management position within our league again.”
James’ statement reflects his stance from 2014 when the league was investigating alleged racial misconduct from Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
“There is no place for Donald Sterling in the NBA. There is no place for him,” James said before the Miami Heat playoff against Charlotte. “…They should take a stand. They should be very aggressive with it. I don’t know what it will be, but we can’t have that in our league.”
James spent the latter half of his NBA career, which is entering its 20th season this fall, as a public advocate for social change.
From a personal point of view, Silver said he was “in disbelief” when he was told of Sarver’s abuse but that many of the players and coaches in the league he spoke to found the situation all too familiar.
“Look, I think it’s no secret that this is a league where almost 80% of our players are black. More than half of our coaches are black,” Silver said. “I will say that perhaps none of them have been as shocked as me, living their life, and I don’t think they’re reading that saying, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening.'”