Chris Paul says NBA punishment of Suns owner Robert Sarver 'failed'

Chris Paul says NBA punishment of Suns owner Robert Sarver ‘failed’

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Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul has responded to the NBA’s punishment of Suns owner Robert Sarver, saying the league “has failed.”

Paul, who was the former president of the National Basketball Players Association, joins the likes of LeBron James and others who have spoken out about Sarver and how the NBA is giving him a one-year suspension and a $10 fine. million dollars for making racist and misogynistic remarks. .

“Like many others, I have reviewed the report,” Paul said via Twitter. “I was and am horrified and disappointed by what I have read. This behaviour, especially towards women, is unacceptable and must never be repeated.

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Chris Paul participates in a panel during the 2022 Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Summit at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on July 19, 2022, in National Harbor, Maryland.
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“I am of the opinion that the sanctions have not really addressed what we can all agree is atrocious behavior. My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected.”

An investigation was opened into Sarver in November 2021 after allegations of racism and misogynistic behavior. The NBA found that Sarver “engaged in behavior that clearly violated common workplace standards, as evidenced by team and league rules and policies. This behavior included the use of insensitive language to race, unequal treatment of employees, statements and conduct related to gender, and treatment of employees that, on occasion, amounted to intimidation.

Sarver was also found to “repeat the N-word when recounting other people’s statements” at least five times and made numerous “gender-related” and other inappropriate comments in the workplace.

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This is not the first time that Paul has dealt with a team owner who has exhibited this behavior. Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was forced to sell the team after he was caught on camera making racist remarks. Paul was the leader in that locker room, as he is now with the Suns, in 2014.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he had no jurisdiction to compel Sarver to sell the Suns or the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.

Phoenix Suns No. 3 Chris Paul handles the ball during the first half of Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round NBA Playoffs at Footprint Center on May 15, 2022 in Phoenix.

Phoenix Suns No. 3 Chris Paul handles the ball during the first half of Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round NBA Playoffs at Footprint Center on May 15, 2022 in Phoenix.
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The five-member panel that worked on the investigation said Sarver’s remarks were not motivated by “racial or gender animosity”.

“I think if they had discovered that, in fact, his conduct was motivated by racial animosity, it absolutely would have had an impact on the end result here. But that’s not what they found,” he said. Silver said via ESPN.

James was more direct than Paul. Although he is not a member of the Suns, James’ comments carry weight being one of the most recognizable faces in basketball.

“Read Sarver’s stories multiple times now,” he wrote on Twitter. “I have to be honest… Our league definitely got it wrong. I don’t need to explain why. You all read the stories and decide for yourselves. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is no place in this league for that kind of behavior.

“I love this league and deeply respect our leadership. But that’s not fair. There is no place for misogyny, sexism and racism in any workplace. It doesn’t matter that you own the team or you play for the team. We hold our league as an example of our values ​​and that’s not it.”

“Good leadership requires accountability,” Sarver said in his own statement. “For the Suns and Mercury organizations, it starts with me. While I disagree with certain details of the NBA report, I would like to apologize for my words and actions that have offended our employees. I take full responsibility for what I have done. . I am sorry for causing this pain, and these errors in judgment are not in line with my personal philosophy or values.”

Phoenix Suns No. 3 Chris Paul looks on during Game 7 of the 2022 NBA Playoff Western Conference Semifinals on May 15, 2022, at the Footprint Center in Phoenix.

Phoenix Suns No. 3 Chris Paul looks on during Game 7 of the 2022 NBA Playoff Western Conference Semifinals on May 15, 2022, at the Footprint Center in Phoenix.
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The inquest has brought together 320 witnesses regarding Sarver’s comments and actions, the league said.

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