The National Basketball Association (NBA) has suspended NBA's Phoenix Suns and WNBA's Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver for one year and fined $10 million on Tuesday following allegations of racism and misogyny during his 17 years of ownership.
The NBA stated that the "instances of inequitable conduct towards female employees" including sexist remarks and comments on physical appearances forced his suspension.
According to ESPN, a New York-based law firm Wachtell Lipton, stated Sarver "engaged in conduct that clearly violated common workplace standards, as reflected in team and league rules and policies."
The investigation against Sarver started in 2021 by the NBA, which found during his time with Suns and Mercury, Sarver reportedly used the N-word quite a few times "when recounting the statements of others."
In a statement through the Suns, Sarver said, "While I disagree with some of the particulars of the NBA's report, I would like to apologize for my words and actions that 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 consistent with my personal philosophy or my values.
"I accept the consequences of the NBA's decision. This moment is an opportunity for me to demonstrate a capacity to learn and grow as we continue to build a working culture where every employee feels comfortable and valued."
Additionally the investigation stated that Sarver was "Engaged in instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees, made many sex-related comments in the workplace, made inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women, and on several occasions engaged in inappropriate physical conduct toward male employees."