Update 09/20/2022 3:39pm:

LeBron James called out the NBA for their suspension of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, who reportedly used the n-word in conversations and made sex-related comments in the workplace. Sarver reportedly “made inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women" and "frequently engaged in demeaning and harsh treatment of employees—including by yelling and cursing at them.” James noted the punishment for Sarver was not acceptable, and now Draymond Green has chimed in with his thoughts on Sarver’s current situation, saying the punishment he received is “bulls**t.” 

While on his ‘Draymond Green Show’ podcast, the NBA player noted the punishment is the “total opposite of everything the NBA stands for.” Green continued saying, “To think that someone like Robert Sarver, acting in that manner, can continue to represent us, that's bulls**t!” 

Green doubled down and said, “The level of comfort you have to have to even use the word again does not validate or make it okay for Robert Sarver to use the N-word. This guy gets to just come back in the fold as if he's still representing us, as if he's a part of us. That can't be so.” Green said the level of discomfort among players has risen, and people lie Sarver and others should not be allowed to be in the league at all due to the NBA’s evolution. Watch above. 

source: TMZ

Original 09/13/2022 2:16pm:

Previously, the NBA launched an investigation into Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver following allegations of sexism, racism, and allowing a toxic environment to form. Now, news surfaced noting Sarver was suspended from the league for one year after a detailed investigation into workplace misconduct revealed he used the n-word numerous times. 

Sarver was also hit with a $10 million fine, and the NBA reportedly released the investigation details. The league interviewed 320 former and current employees of the Phoenix Suns and concluded that Sarver used the n-word about five times while “recounting the statements of others.” According to the NBA, Sarver’s usage of the n-word wasn’t motivated by racial hate. Additionally, Sarver engaged in inappropriate physical conduct with male employees, according to the league. 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke on the matter, saying, “On behalf of the entire NBA, I apologize to all of those impacted by the misconduct outlined in the investigators’ report. We must do better.” While under suspension, Sarver must complete a workplace conduct course and won’t have access to the facilities or the team.

source: TMZ

Original 11/04/2021 10:31pm:

The NBA is reportedly launching an investigation into Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver over claims of racism, sexism, and fostering a toxic work environment. 

In a story published by ESPN's Baxter Holmes, Sarver is accused of making lewd comments, excessively using the N-word, and overseeing a toxic work environment that discouraged employees, particularly lower-level employees from taking their grievances to HR. 

Sarver is quoted in the story as saying, "The level of misogyny and racism is beyond the pale. It's embarrassing as an owner." A former team executive added, "There's literally nothing you could tell me about him from a misogynistic or race standpoint that would surprise me." 

On Thursday, the NBA announced that it is launching an investigation into the claims. "The allegations contained in today's ESPN article are extremely serious, and we have directed the Wachtell Lipton law firm to commence a comprehensive investigation," NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said in a statement. "The NBA and WNBA remain committed to providing a respectful and inclusive workplace for all employees. Once the investigation is completed, its findings will provide the basis for any league action."

While not an exhaustive list, CBS Sports listed some of the things Sarver is accused of saying and doing during his tenure as team owner: 

Per CBS Sports:

Sarver repeatedly said the N-word in the coaches room after a loss against the Golden State Warriors in 2016, complaining that Draymond Green, who is Black, said it during the game. Then-coach Earl Watson told him, "You can't f---ing say that." 

At least six Suns employees described Sarver saying the N-word aloud when repeating something a Black player had said. 

In telling a Suns employee that he wanted to hire Lindsey Hunter, who is Black, instead of Dan Majerle, who is white, as coach in 2013, Sarver said, "These [N-words] need a [N-word]," according to an executive who heard the conversation.

Sarver made a racially insensitive comment during Steve Nash's recruiting meeting in the summer of 2004. An executive in the room said, "We signed Steve Nash despite Robert."
As the Suns tried to sign LaMarcus Aldridge in 2015, they knew that he would like to play near his children in Texas. Sarver said then that they needed to get Phoenix-area strippers pregnant with NBA-player children so the team could have an edge in recruiting. "A lot of the stuff he says is to get a big reaction," a former employee said. "And who's going to tell him that he can't? He speaks in threats. He likes that awkwardness. He likes people to know that he's in charge. He wants control. He wants control of every situation and every person."

While involved in a contract dispute with Eric Bledsoe's agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, Sarver threatened to fire Watson unless the coach, who was also represented by Klutch, ditched the agency. "It's almost like an ownership thing," Watson said. "He wants people to call him and beg him."
During Watson's first season, the coach was asked to suggest areas in which the organization could improve. When he said that the Suns could use more diversity, Sarver responded, "I don't like diversity," according to Watson and a basketball operations employee, explaining that he believes diversity makes it more difficult for people to agree on things.

A white executive called a Black coworker "Carlton" -- a reference to the character from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" -- despite the coworker telling him multiple times to stop doing so, according to two ex-employees. The executive "jokingly" told his Black coworker to "do the Carlton" dance. 

Sarver made lewd comments in all-staff meetings, according to more than a dozen employees. Examples include talking about his wife performing oral sex on him and claiming that he wears extra-large condoms. "Women have very little value," said a woman who used to work for the team, describing how she felt when she was there. "Women are possessions. And I think we're nowhere close to where he thinks men are."

In the team's training room, Sarver asked former Suns player Taylor Griffin, who was lifting weights, whether or not he shaves his legs. When Griffin answered in the affirmative, Sarver asked, "Do you shave your balls, too?" This was during the 2009-10 season, and, according to a Suns employee, Sarver asked the same question to others over the next several years. Griffin said, "At the time, I took it as a joke. Looking back on it in the context of today, for a leader of a company or the owner of a team to say such a thing is inappropriate."

A woman who used to work for the Suns said that, after a male coworker physically assaulted her outside of the office, all the organization did was move her desk back one row. "I couldn't escape," she said. "It was a joke. An absolute joke." According to the female employee, her assaulter's desk remained less than 10 feet away. 

A former human resources representative said, "I would say [to employees seeking help], 'Let's go take a walk. Because if they see you being here, they're gonna come after you.'" Another former HR rep said that it was "sort of a culture of complicity. Which I was a part of. And I hate saying that."

Sarver told a pregnant employee that she would not be able to stay in her role coordinating the 2009 All-Star Game because she would be breastfeeding and would need to be at home. According to two Suns employees, other members of the management team had to step in to rebuke the owner. 

Source: cbssports.com