NBA today is better than yesterday. I guess it’s something.
Robert Sarver release a statement, in which he announced that he had begun the process of selling the Phoenix Suns and Mercury. A lengthy investigation was recently published and it lays out the many ways that Sarver monitor a toxic and unpleasant workplacelargely due to his actions and statements.
The outcome of the investigation was a one-year suspension and a $10 million fine, a penalty heavily applied in the sports media and by a LeBron James. As Adam Silver commented when he noticed the elephant in the room by saying that there is a difference between working for the NBA and owning a franchise. The downfall for Silver was even worse when an NBA PR rep try to walk back those comments.
Whatever has happened since the release of the report and press conference has resulted in the correct decision being made. Sarver’s return to the Suns and Mercury offices as their leader for a year is not a solvable situation. For the first time ever, Sarver did what was best for everyone, but of course he found a way to offend by claiming that NBA fans would soon never have to care about him again.
Here’s the opening paragraph for his press release:
Words that I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that bring people together – and strengthen the Phoenix area – through the unifying power of men’s and women’s basketball. professionally.
Sarver brought everyone together. He built an organization that brought together 320 people for an investigation that revealed he literally and figuratively pulled his dick in front of employees.
It’s too bad that Sarver can’t really lose in this situation. The franchise’s valuation has been on the heels of a space shuttle launch since he bought the Suns aircraft carrier in 2004. The price he paid then was a record $401 million. Steve Ballmer bought the Los Angeles Clippers eight years ago for $2 billion when a notorious slut named Donald Strling was eventually forced out of the league after he was caught on tape telling his mistress. himself that being around black people in games, especially Magic Johnson, made him look bad to other racists.
Sarver could have simply copied Michael Jordan’s famous 1995 fax and replaced the word “I’m back” with “I’m selling,” especially if the owner didn’t want to take ownership of the action and his words and still be exempt from trial by the public.
In the statement, he expressed that “as a man of faith” he believes in “atonement and forgiveness” and hopes that the one-year suspension will give him the opportunity to make amends. what he did.
First of all, what is your faith, Sarver? Do you believe in God, Science, Brownie House Elf fables or people should do whatever you want them to do?
To make amends, you must admit your mistake. As ESPN gets ready to release a report on Sarver – one that will lead to an NBA investigation – here are some of the things he has to say in a statement. statement before It is punished.
“While I cannot begin to know how to respond to some of the vague suggestions made by mostly anonymous voices, I can certainly tell you that some of the statements I see absolutely obnoxious to my nature and the Sun/Mercury personality. workplace and I can tell you they never, ever happened. ”
“I categorically reject any and all suggestions where I have used racial or gender disparaging language. I would like to think that my actions and public record of race, sex or discrimination of any kind, throughout my life of business and public service, will respond satisfactorily. worthy of any question anyone may ask about my commitment to equality and fairness. “
That sounds like nothing to modify. Through representatives, he denied to ESPN every detail of their report, except for a story about him wearing pants for an employee at the Ice Bucket Challenge event in 2014. Sarver also denied most of it. what he was accused of to the NBA investigators. For example a lunch where only female employees are invited after he yelled at a woman and then started crying? Sarver said it was to foster networking between employees and the bank, of which he was CEO, and the Sun and Mercury. The NBA investigators didn’t buy that.
The “zero-tolerance climate” of 2022 is not the reason why Sarver’s public image is lower than the gas lines beneath the dirt. He raised all hell, fire, and brimstone to defend himself, and he turned out to be full of hot air. His actions as master of the Sun and Mercury are abominable. For 18 years, he did and said whatever he wanted around those employees. He has no regard for human dignity and it could be argued that he has made people’s lives miserable.
So it’s great that he’s selling his teams. It is what has to happen, but Robert Sarver’s audacity to believe that it is partly the public’s fault that this is happening shows that society’s cultural problem is not a zero tolerance environment. concessions (physically, it’s a completely different story.) Reality is certainly human, illusion can lead to a profit of 2 billion dollars.