For LeBron James, the NBA is wrong in the case of the Suns

For LeBron James, the NBA is wrong in the case of the Suns

A day after Robert Sarver, owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, was suspended for one year and fined $10 million by the NBA following an investigation into the franchise of the Suns, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James addressed the issue on social media. media.

The NBA announced the punishment on Tuesday, saying the investigation found that during his time with the Suns and Mercury, Sarver used the N-word at least five times “when counting statements from others.”

James, in a series of two tweets on Wednesday, said he “read Sarver’s stories many times. I have to be honest…Our League was definitely wrong. I don’t need to explain why. Read the stories and decide for yourself.” “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 leadership. But that’s not it. He There is no place for misogyny, sexism and racism in any workplace. It doesn’t matter if you own the team or play for the team. We hold our League as an example of our values.

While the NBA said Sarver “cooperated fully with the investigative process,” league sources told ESPN’s Baxter Holmes and Adrian Wojnarowski on Tuesday that they didn’t believe he deserved a suspension. one year and a $10 fine. his behavior. The punitive part of the process has become largely acrimonious, the sources said.

The investigation, conducted by New York-based law firm Wachtell Lipton, found that Sarver “engaged in conduct that clearly violated common workplace standards, as evidenced by workplace rules and policies. ‘team and league’.

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