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After a nearly year-long investigation, the NBA released a statement Tuesday detailing their findings regarding Robert Sarver and both Phoenix professional basketball teams.

The investigation, which involved interviews with 320 individuals and over 80,000 documents, drew several findings of Sarwar’s inappropriate workplace behavior, including:

  • Use of the N-word when repeating statements from others on at least five separate occasions.
  • Comments related to sex in the workplace.
  • Inappropriate comments on the physical appearance of women.
  • Inappropriate physical behavior towards men.
  • Disrespectful and harsh treatment of employees.

As a result of the investigation, Sarwar was suspended for one year, meaning he would not be allowed in any NBA/WNBA event facility, would not be allowed to represent the Sun or Mercury in any way, or be allowed to engage in any business or basketball. Operations within either the organization or the league. Sarwar was also fined $10 million and will be required to complete a training program that focuses on respect and proper conduct in the workplace.

$10 million is the maximum amount the NBA is allowed to fine. They will donate money to organizations that focus on racial and gender-based issues inside and outside the workplace.

“While I disagree with some of the details of the NBA report, I do want to apologize for my words and actions that have hurt our employees,” Sarwar said in a statement. “I take full responsibility for what I have done. I am sorry for this pain, and these errors in judgment are not in line with my personal philosophy or my values.

“I accept the consequences of the NBA’s decision. This moment is an opportunity for me to demonstrate my ability to learn and grow as we continue to build a work culture where every employee feels comfortable and valued. “

The Phoenix Suns issued this statement:

The report indicates that Sarver “engaged in conduct that clearly violates general workplace standards, as reflected in team and league rules and policies. This conduct included the use of racially insensitive language.” ; unequal treatment of female employees; sex-related statements and conduct; and harsh treatment of employees that sometimes takes the form of bullying.”

Along with those findings, the investigation took a deep dive into workplace misconduct within Sun’s organization that was not related to Sarver, where she found evidence of racial insensitivity, mistreatment of female employees, inappropriate comments on sex or sexual orientation, and others. meet. abusive communication.

Commissioner Adam Silver commented on the outcome of the investigation in an NBA press release.

“The statements and conduct described in the findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and disappointing,” Silver said. “We believe that the result is accurate, taking into account all the facts, circumstances and context brought to light by the extensive investigation of this 18-year period and our commitment to maintaining fair standards in NBA workplaces.

“I hope the NBA community will use this opportunity to reflect on what this great sport means to people everywhere and strive to represent the values ​​of equality, respect and inclusion. The Post, Regardless of power or intent, we all need to recognize the corrosive and harmful effects of racially insensitive and abusive language and behavior. On behalf of the entire NBA, I apologize to all those affected by the misconduct outlined in the investigators’ report . We must do better.”

The full report can be downloaded from this link: https://www.wlrk.com/phoenix-suns-report/

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