Robert Sarver case: LeBron James attacks the NBA!

Robert Sarver case: LeBron James attacks the NBA!

After interviewing 320 people and evaluating more than 80,000 documents over nine months, the independent investigation commissioned by the NBA finally concluded that the terms used by Robert Sarver or his general behavior “they were not motivated by animosity based on race or gender.”

As a result, the league fined him $10 million and suspended him for one year from all duties as coach of the Suns and Mercury. Ten million dollars for a businessman whose fortune is estimated at 800 million dollars, is finally not much…

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

No “racial animosity” in his conduct.

Situations were dramatically differentAdam Silver responded to reporters. ” I think we saw in the case of Donald Sterling that it was deliberate racist behavior directed at a specific group of people. While it’s hard to know what’s in someone’s heart or mind, we heard those words and then there was a follow up from the league office and it went public since Mr. Sterling spoke about his actions. In the case of Robert Sarver, we looked at the totality of the circumstances over the 18-year period in which he owned these teams. In the end, I judged that given the circumstances in which he had used this language and exhibited this admittedly indefensible behavior, it was not that strong. In any case, it is inadmissible to use language and behave in this way, but it was totally different from what we saw in this previous case. I think if the investigators had concluded that his behavior was actually motivated by racial animosity, absolutely, that would have had an impact on the bottom line. But that is not what they concluded.

Another argument from Adam Silver: You can effectively fire an owner in the face of such accusations, but… it’s very complicated! Removing a team from one owner does require the agreement of the other owners, and if the commissioner had had the public opinion with him to do it with Donald Sterling, thanks in particular to a recording that had made an 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’s possible to take someone’s team away in this league. But it is very complicated, and finally I decided that it did not reach that level of punishment. But, for me, the consequences are serious for Mr. Sarver”added Adam Silver.

Insufficient penalties for LeBron James and Chris Paul

If the NBA has a hard time justifying these sanctions, it must also deal with the revolt of the players. Starting with LeBron James who feels the league has had “cheated”, Y explained on Twitter.

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

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

Like many others, I have reviewed the report. I was and am horrified and disappointed by what I read. writes the Suns point guard. ” This behavior, especially towards women, is unacceptable and must never be repeated. I am of the opinion that sanctions do not really address what we can all recognize as horrible behaviour. My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected.. »

The executive director of the players’ union, Tamika Tremaglio, also expressed her disappointment. “I have made my position known to Adam Silver on the scope of the sanction, and I firmly believe that Mr. Sarver should never again hold a leadership position in our league.”he said in a statement.

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