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Robert Sarver is not the victim as he will profit off Suns, Mercury sale and the people he hurt get nothing

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BUT An in-depth 7200-word news story from ESPN’s Baxter Holmes..

A 10-month law firm investigation that 42 pages released conclusions.

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More than 100 people who heard or saw behavior that clearly violated workplace standards and often caused real mental, emotional or physical harm to employees.

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He is likely to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming months.

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And yet Robert Sarver wants you to believe he is a victim.

Yes, only Robert Sarver and only Robert Sarver is to blame for all this, this poor, poor man who is suffering the consequences of his own wrongdoing.

How dare we hold this man accountable.

How dare we expect a rich man who has been a sexist bully with a love of “repetition” for almost two decades (use your sarcastic quotes, it’s much more effective) the N-word to be exposed by one damn good reporter and a highly paid law office that has done hundreds of interviews with the people who worked in the offices he terrorized.


Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver watches the team play against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Phoenix, December 11, 2019.  The NBA suspended Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver for one year and also fined him.  $10 million after an investigation found he was involved in what the league called
Robert Sarver, who announced he would sell the Phoenix Suns and the Mercury, is not the victim he wants you to believe in his statement. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

AT statement In announcing Wednesday that he was “starting to look for buyers for the Suns and Mercury, the NBA and WNBA teams he owns, Sarver made sure to include this:

“I expected that the commissioner’s suspension for one year would give me time to focus, make amends and address my personal differences with the teams that I and many fans love.

“But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that this is no longer possible – that all the good that I have done or could have done outweighs what I have said in the past.”

The current unforgiving climate, he says.

You should be the one to ask for forgiveness, Robert.

It turned out that you were shouting and cursing from your subordinates; from those who have had to sit in business meetings and hear you talk about how your wife is performing oral sex on you; from the team doctor, who, during a routine fitness check, had to bear you completely, without having to throw off your underwear and brandish your penis in his face; from a then-pregnant employee you threatened to deprive her of her job because of this pregnancy; from employees whose sexuality you have questioned.

It is you who should apologize for aloud wondering about players’ genitals and for constantly using the N-word, the most vile and degrading word in American English, despite the protests of white and black observers who told you that this is not so. the word you should use, whether you’re supposedly just repeating something you’ve overheard or not.

(Perhaps in another column we will try to find out why Sarver apparently had such a burning desire to say this particular word and did not want to admit that it was forbidden, but today we will focus on this in the statement at hand.)

It’s not the “current climate” that led to you being able to sell those teams. This lack of elementary human decency.

You are in this position because we learned about the aforementioned dirty deeds and more, and were accordingly appalled by both Sarver’s behavior and the average punishment he received from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who previously established that team owners could be disenfranchised. . their team for doing the same.

To be clear, it was not public outrage that led to this. At least one team sponsor took his money publicly, and several players spoke of the slap Silver gave Sarver.

And let’s not gloss over that Sarver’s claim also only focuses on his choice of words, which is a mistake on two levels: First, words matter and he loves to use them as weapons; and secondly, the NBA’s investigation into Sarver includes not only verbal abuse, but also unwanted physical contact.

We have seen this over and over again in recent years from people, usually men, who have been portrayed as tyrants, abusers or sexual harassers, or some combination of the three, and their reaction has been to portray themselves as the victim rather than those they have influenced. .

The real shame in all this is not Robert Sarver’s lack of shame, but that he will walk away from it with a good profit to further enrich his already bloated bank account, and the men and women he has pursued for years are not get nothing.

Nothing but a statement in which their former boss had the audacity to portray himself as the injured party.


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