NBA in damage control over sexism, racism claims

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The Phoenix Suns released a connection regarding a imaginable media probe into the workplace civilization of the franchise, denying that the organisation oregon proprietor Robert Sarver person a past of racism oregon sexism.

The connection said the enactment is alert that ESPN is moving connected a communicative accusing the organisation of misconduct connected a “variety of topics.” The Suns responded by saying they were “completely baseless claims” and “documentary grounds successful our possession and eyewitness accounts straight contradict the reporter’s accusations, and we are preparing our effect to his questions.”

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Sarver — a Phoenix businessman — has owned the Suns since 2004.

Suns wide manager James Jones, who is Black, said successful the team’s response: “None of what’s been said describes the Robert Sarver I know, respect and similar – it conscionable doesn’t.”

The franchise is coming disconnected 1 of the astir palmy seasons successful its history, making the NBA Finals with stars Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton earlier losing successful six games to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Suns person made the Finals 3 times, successful 1976, 1993 and 2021, but person ne'er won a championship.

Suns Owner Robert Sarver stands with the Western Conference Championship trophy. (Getty)

Suns manager Monty Williams addressed the media earlier the team's crippled against the Lakers successful Los Angeles, saying helium was alert of the imaginable study but said helium didn't privation to “comment astir it until I person clip to process a batch of accusation and get everything I request to cognize astir the situation.”

He added that helium didn't expect the concern would beryllium a distraction for the team.

“Nothing volition invade oregon erode our culture," Williams said. "That's thing we've said from Day 1. Wins, losses, we get to play basketball, we get to hoop and that's not going to change.”

The imaginable probe came to airy erstwhile league expert Jordan Schultz posted a connection connected societal media that said the league was preparing for a “massive” communicative and that if determination is “enough grounds to enactment specified claims, there’s a existent accidental the league would forcibly region Sarver.”

Sarver and the Suns responded with a lengthy statement. The 59-year-old Sarver besides owns the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury.

“While I can’t statesman to cognize however to respond to immoderate of the vague suggestions made by mostly anonymous voices, I tin surely archer you that immoderate of the claims I find wholly repugnant to my quality and to the quality of the Suns/Mercury workplace and I tin archer you they never, ever happened,” Sarver said.

Not adjacent a afloat week into the season, the NBA present has yet different perchance important contented connected its hands — adjacent without knowing the afloat scope of the accusations that the Suns accidental are coming.

The statements from the Suns came 2 days aft Boston halfway Enes Kanter called for Tibetan independence, comments that prompted a Chinese broadcasting spouse to halt streaming Celtics games successful the basketball-crazed country.

There are besides 2 high-profile players sidelined for assorted reasons, with Brooklyn not allowing Kyrie Irving to beryllium astir their squad until helium gets vaccinated against the coronavirus and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons not participating successful practices oregon games with the 76ers aft seeking a commercialized that has yet to beryllium made.

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