Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver has released a press release saying he intends to sell the team in addition to the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury within the wake of his recent one-year suspension from the NBA.
“I would like what’s best for these two organizations, the players, the workers, the fans, the community, my fellow owners, the NBA and the WNBA. That is one of the best plan of action for everybody,” Sarver said in a press release.
The NBA suspended Sarver for one yr and fined him $10 million last week after an investigation showed Sarver used racist and sexist language, demeaned female employees and repeatedly engaged in conduct that violates “common workplace standards.” The investigation was prompted by ESPN’s reporting on Sarver.
In his statement, Sarver said he “didn’t need to be a distraction” to the teams and their employees.
“I expected that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would supply the time for me to focus, make amends and take away my personal controversy from the teams that I and so many fans love,” Sarver’s statement said. “But in our current unforgiving climate, it has turn out to be painfully clear that that is not any longer possible—that whatever good I even have done, or could still do, is outweighed by things I even have said up to now.”
(This text has been updated.)