The National Basketball Association has launched a formal investigation into Phoenix Sense and owner Robert Sarver following allegations of racism and racism in an ESPN report published on Thursday.
“The allegations in today’s ESPN article are very serious and we have instructed the Wattel Liptton Law Institute to begin a comprehensive investigation,” the NBA said in a statement on Thursday.
“The NBA and WNBA are committed to providing a respectful and inclusive workplace for all employees,” the league continued. “Once the investigation is complete, the findings will form the basis for any league action.”
The investigation follows a long-awaited ESPN report alleging racist and obscene allegations against Server during his 17-year tenure as solar owner. ESPN’s report is based on interviews with more than 70 current and former Sunnis employees.
In anticipation of the report, in October he denounced the Sun Server as racist and immoral.
Sarver dismissed the allegations on Thursday, calling the report “inaccurate and misleading,” NBC Sports reported. He also welcomed the League’s investigation.
“At this point, I fully accept an independent NBA investigation that confirms my reputation as the only outlet for my reputation and the organization I am most proud of.
The ESPN article covers a number of instances in which the server and its attorneys have denied or challenged various claims.
Earl Watson, a former Sunnis coach who is now an assistant to Toronto Raptors and is mentioned in ESPN history, praised the behavior of Sarver.
“I want to thank the many players, executives and employees for their courage in fighting racism, sexual harassment and petty harassment,” Watson said on Twitter.
One of the allegations in the ESPN report was that Sarver had used N-word around coaches and players on several occasions.
In one example, Sarver is said to have used the word “Golden State Warriors” in a conversation with Watson after the 2016 game. Watson repeatedly told Sarver not to use the word, ESPN reported.
Sarver, who bought the Sun for a record $ 401 million in 2004, has denied allegations that he used N-word for ESPN.
Sarver told ESPN through his legal team: “I have never called anyone or any group of people N-words, or anyone or any group of people verbally or in writing. “I don’t use that word. It is disgusting and ugly and it denigrates and opposes everything I believe.
Other allegations in the ESPN report include misconduct and misconduct.
Their staff, Sarver, repeatedly asked players about their sex lives and other sexual abilities, ESPN reported.
Others reported that Sarver wore a photo of his wife in a bikini and allegedly talked to his staff about it and had sex with her.
The report states that some employees have developed an environment where employees feel they belong to them. Sarver asked a woman if she was “owned” by Sunnis.
Recent allegations of racism and sexual misconduct among NBA executives have had far-reaching consequences. A.D. Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clips in 2014, was fined $ 2.5 million by the NBA for racially abusing his voice.
Dallas Mavericks director Tony Ronzon was also fired in April following allegations of sexual harassment published by Sports Illustrated in 2020.
Earlier on Thursday, Sunnis vice-chairman Jahm Najafi called for a possible investigation into the server.
In a statement, Najafi said, “I am shocked, saddened and unacceptable. “The safety and security of every Sunnis employee, player, coach and stakeholder is our number one priority. My heartfelt condolences go out to all those who lost their lives and their careers.
He added: “Phoenix Sense is a national asset that belongs to all of us as supporters and residents of our community. Group investors are the temporary stewards of this treasure.
Najafi has recently pursued racial segregation and equity efforts following the recent 2020 racial protests.
In February, Najafi teamed up with former NFL star and civil rights activist Colin Kepernik to launch Mission Advancement, a company dedicated to diversity and justice, the Seattle Times reported. SPAC plans to raise $ 287 to find a private company that shares the same commitment.
Najafi will participate in the NBA Foundation, which opened in August, with the aim of “increasing economic capacity in black communities” by financing black youth placement programs and job readiness, the Seattle Times reported. The foundation was launched three weeks ago to focus on the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin before a three-day boycott by NBA players.