Robert Sarver case: LeBron James attacks the NBA!

After interviewing 320 people and evaluating more than 80,000 documents over a nine-month period, an independent investigation by the National Basketball Association (NBA) finally concluded that the terms used by Robert Sarver or his general behavior “It was not motivated by hostility based on race or gender.”

As a result, the league fined him $10 million and suspended him for one year from all of his duties as Sun and Mercury squad manager. Ten million dollars for a businessman whose fortune is estimated at 800 million dollars is finally a few…

Why not fire him like you did with Donald Sterling, the former Clippers owner whose racist and misogynistic behavior was known to everyone in the NBA?

No “racist hostility” in his behavior

Situations were very differentAdam Silver answered reporters. ” I think we saw in the case of Donald Sterling that it was intentional racist behavior directed at a particular group of people. While it’s hard to know what’s on someone’s heart or mind, we’ve heard those words and then there’s been a follow-up from the league office and it’s become public since Mr. Sterling spoke of his actions. In Robert Sarver’s case, we looked at the totality of conditions over the 18 years he’s owned these teams. In the end, I saw that due to the circumstances in which he used this language and exhibited such untenable behavior, it was not strong. It is in no way acceptable to use language and act in this way, but it was very different from what we saw in this previous case. I think if the investigators had come to the conclusion that his behavior was in fact motivated by racial hostility, then surely that would have affected the bottom line. But that is not what they concluded.

Another argument from Adam Silver: You can effectively dismiss an owner facing such accusations, but…it’s too complicated! Removing a team from one owner already requires the consent of the other owners, and if the commissioner had had the public opinion to do so with Donald Sterling, thanks to a recording that made a big impression, it would have been a lot more complicated for Robert Sarver.

“I don’t want to rely on this legal point because, of course, it is possible to banish a team from a player in this league. But it is very complicated, and I finally decided that he did not reach that level of punishment. But for me, the consequences are dire for Mr. Sarver.”Added Adam Silver.

Inadequate penalties for LeBron James and Chris Paul

If the NBA is having a hard time justifying these penalties, it must also contend with player rebellion. Starting with LeBron James who feels the league has been “Deceived”, And the Explained on Twitter.

“I’ve read Sarver’s articles a few times now. I have to be honest… our league is clearly wrong. I don’t need to explain why. You read all the articles and make up your mind. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is no place in this league for this kind of Attitude I love this league and deeply respect our leaders But it is not good There is no place for misogyny, sexism and racism in the workplace It doesn’t matter if you own the team or play with them We see our league as an example of our values ​​and that’s not the case here. »

Chris Paul also pointed his finger at the command “unacceptable” Robert Sarver, towards women in particular.

Like many others, I reviewed the report. I was terrified and disappointed by what I read Suns guard post writes. ” This behavior, especially towards women, is unacceptable and should never be repeated. I’m of the view that sanctions don’t really address what we would all consider egregious behaviour. My heart goes out to everyone who was affected.. »

Players’ union chief executive Tamika Trimaglio also expressed her disappointment. “I have informed Adam Silver of my position on the extent of the penalty, and I firmly believe that Mr. Sarver should never again occupy a leadership position in our league.”She said in a statement.

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