Phoenix Suns Vice Chairman Jahm Najafi Calls for the Resignation of Suns Owner Robert Sarver after allegations of racism and misogyny in the workplace surfaced this week.
Najafi brought a long pronunciation on Thursday, thanked the targets of Sarver’s assault for voicing his conduct as the owner of the Suns for the past 18 years. The Vice-President said there should be “zero tolerance for discriminatory actions of any level, in any environment, let alone a professional one.”
“There is no doubt that the findings showed that Mr Sarver’s lewd, misogynistic and racist behavior had a significant negative impact on you and has no place in our society,” Najafi said in the statement.
Sarver also owns the Phoenix Mercury, which plays in the WNBA.
The NBA launched an independent 10-month investigation into Sarver’s time as owner of both teams and found that he was involved in conduct including “the use of racially insensitive language; unequal treatment of female workers; sexual statements and behavior; and harsh treatment of employees who on occasion amounted to bullying.”
Most notably, the report found that Sarver repeated the N-word at least five times “when recounting the sayings of others.” The report also concluded that Sarver made sex-related comments at work and “made inappropriate comments” about the appearance of female employees and other women on several occasions.
Sarver was banned for one year and fined $10 million on Wednesday for his actions.
NBA superstars LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul, who plays for the Suns, criticized the NBA for allowing Sarver’s behavior to go unchecked for so long.
“Our league has definitely done this wrong,” James continued Twitter on Wednesday.
“There’s no place in this league for that kind of behavior,” James continued. “I love this league and I have deep respect for our leadership. But this isn’t right. There is no place for misogyny, sexism and racism in any workplace. It doesn’t matter if you own the team or play for the team We hold our competition high as an example of our values and this is not it.”
Paul said on Twitter that he was “shocked” by the reportadding that the league’s sanctions “fallen short of really addressing what we all agree was appalling behavior.”