Robert Sarver yields to pressure, begins the process of selling the Phoenix Suns and Mercury

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Last week, the NBA Give the NFL a lesson On how to be appropriately transparent when it comes to owners who have been implicated in misconduct. Today, it’s clearer than ever why the NFL chose not to be quite as open-minded as the NBA.

Robert Sarver, owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, began the process of selling the team.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne explained via Daily sports chores, that “a lot of special pressure” was put on the server “behind the scenes”. Shelburne explained that PayPal and “other league sponsors and team sponsors who have been lining up to get away from the Suns and not be associated with them publicly.” “There was also the pressure from the other angel and [Commission] Adam Silver”.

Silver said last week that he lacked the strength to force Sarver out. However, the one-year suspension along with a conspicuous public announcement of the things Sarver had done to deserve the ban ignited the fuse widely – especially with high profile players like LeBron James and Chris Paul speak out loud That punishment was very light. “Sarver should never have a managerial position in our league again,” said National Basketball Association executive director Tamica Trimaglio.

Sarver’s decision to sell the Suns and Mercury is certainly due in part, if not entirely, to the fact that the NBA revealed to the public some of the specific things Sarver concluded. According to the association’s investigation, Sarver “engaged in conduct that clearly violated common workplace standards, as reflected in the team and association rules and policies.” The National Basketball Association found that “[t]His behavior included the use of insensitive ethnic language; unequal treatment of female employees; sexual statements and behavior; and the harsh treatment of employees that sometimes constituted bullying.”

Specifically, “on at least five occasions during his tenure with the Suns/Mercury organization, [Sarver] Repeat the N-word when telling others,” and “engage in demeaning and harsh treatment of employees, including yelling and swearing at them.”

The NFL did not share such details when issuing a sanction against Washington captains and owner Daniel Snyder last year. The statement from the league did not disclose any of the findings of attorney Beth Wilkinson regarding Snyder’s conduct in relation to the incidents she investigated or, for that matter, whether she even believed he was cooperative or honest in her dealings with him.

As we said from the beginning, if the university had published chapter and verse details about things Wilkinson might have concluded Snyder personally, a similar push might have arisen to force Snyder out. Given that Snyder would probably refuse to sell the team, suing anyone who tried to make it, and/or potentially sharing with the media or anyone else who might be interested in what he knows (if any) about others who may have been involved in similar actions, it appears that the league chose Walk gently.

Unlike the NBA. It started with transparency, and that transparency fueled a natural, organic process that allowed the NBA to get rid of Sarver without officially having to try. The NFL chose not to revitalize this process with Snyder by revealing anything that might have sparked a similar push to take out Snyder.