Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said he spoke privately with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in recent weeks about Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver.
Curry, speaking at the team’s press day on Sunday, said he spoke to Silver about the punishment he and the league handed down following the investigation into Sarver, which many players and outsiders felt didn’t go far enough.
“[I] there is [Silver’s] in terms of what decisions and I think the mechanisms he had to intervene and bring down a punishment worthy of action to which we all responded and represented the league as a whole and defended the integrity of the league and the standard that we set conditions from the leaders, the owners right down to the players,” Curry said on Sunday. via ESPN. “There should be a standard as to what is tolerable and what is not.”
It is unclear if Silver has spoken to any of the other league players about Sarver and the Suns.
Earlier this month, Silver announced that the NBA had fined Sarver $10 million and suspended him for one year after an investigation into his workplace misconduct. Among other things, the league found that Sarver repeatedly used the N-word, made inappropriate sexual and vulgar jokes, and humiliated female employees.
Sarver has since announced that he is going to sell the Suns and Mercury.
While he is pleased with how things have turned out, Curry is surprised at how quickly things have progressed. Now, he said, they can all get past it.
“I think the result was exactly what it should have been,” Curry said. via ESPN. “Honestly, I thought it would take a little longer with the penalty, but I’m glad we’ve come to a point where hopefully the team is up for sale sooner rather than later and can move on knowing that’s where it should be”.
Draymond Green: “It’s a 100% attack that can be burned”
Warriors veteran Draymond Green was one of the league players who called for action following Sarver’s punishment.
Green, shortly after the initial punishment was announced, called on the NBA Board of Governors to hold a formal vote to remove Sarver from ownership. While this did not happen, 75% of that council would have been required to officially remove Sarver.
Now, even after plans to sell the team, Green stands his ground. In his eyes, the vote absolutely had to take place.
“You know, if it’s governed by a vote, then why isn’t there a vote,” Greene said. via ESPN. “This is 100% wrong. This is a 100% offense – the forced holding of an event such as a sale. So why not have a vote if that’s what needs to happen?”
“I was very happy to see him selling the team because I think it’s the right thing to do. part of that league, and no person can be above the league. If it concerns us as players, it concerns everyone. We are still part of the league no matter what level you are at.”