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OKBET NBA : Minority owner of the Phoenix Suns, Jahm Najafi, requests the resignation of Robert Sarver

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Minority owner of the Phoenix Suns, Jahm Najafi – The NBA’s yearlong investigation of Suns owner Robert Sarver found vile behavior, inadequate management, and outrageous behaviour. Instead of sending a stronger equality message, the league slapped his wrist.

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It is challenging to put an end to the “good ‘ole boys club” in the NBA and institute strict behavioral rules for players and coaches. Expert on the NBA Brain Windhorst said on Thursday’s NBA Today on ESPN, “I feel the only way anything will change is if there is some type of societal pressure, whether it comes from players, fans, or sponsors.”

The stakes are rising rapidly. The public’s attitude is shifting, and with it comes bickering among the Suns Legacy Ownership group.

Vice Chairman Jahm Najafi has demanded Robert Sarver’s resignation on the same day that the Phoenix Suns announced that minority owner Sam Garvin will serve as governor of the organization during Sarver’s one-year ban.

Prof. Harold Hill from The Music Man would say, “Yeah, we’ve got trouble…with a capital ‘T’, that rhymes with ‘P’,” where ‘P’ is for Phoenix.

Najafi, the company’s second-largest stockholder (behind Robert Sarver) and a vocal critic of the latter’s for years, expressed his annoyance and dissatisfaction with the latter’s recent statements and behavior. The beat writer for the Phoenix Suns, Duane Rankin, wrote an open letter to the team’s staff and players and posted it on Twitter in a series of Tweets.

Due to the NBA’s investigation and findings, I have no choice but to speak up on behalf of the hundreds of you that have been impacted by your interactions with Robert Sarver and the resulting investigation of his conduct. I first and foremost want to give my deepest thanks to all of you who garnered the courage to share your experiences, as difficult as it may have been, to help piece together a clearer picture of what work life must have been like for you over these past 18 years.

There should be zero tolerance for discriminatory actions of any level, in any setting, let alone a professional one. There is no question that the findings determined that Mr. Sarver’s lewd, misogynist and racist conduct had a substantial negative impact on you and has no place in our society. The report confirmed by multiple eyewitnesses that Robert Sarver used the “N-word” at least 5 times. The report confirmed Sarver engaged in conduct demeaning of female and pregnant employees.

The report confirmed Sarver made crude and sexually inappropriate comments in professional settings. The report confirmed Sarver made inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women and made inappropriate workplace physical conduct toward male employees.

Due to the NBA’s investigation and findings, I have no choice but to speak up on behalf of the hundreds of you that have been impacted by your interactions with Robert Sarver and the resulting investigation of his conduct. I first and foremost want to give my deepest thanks to all of you who garnered the courage to share your experiences, as difficult as it may have been, to help piece together a clearer picture of what work life must have been like for you over these past 18 years.

There should be zero tolerance for discriminatory actions of any level, in any setting, let alone a professional one. There is no question that the findings determined that Mr. Sarver’s lewd, misogynist and racist conduct had a substantial negative impact on you and has no place in our society. The report confirmed by multiple eyewitnesses that Robert Sarver used the “N-word” at least 5 times. The report confirmed Sarver engaged in conduct demeaning of female and pregnant employees.

The report confirmed Sarver made crude and sexually inappropriate comments in professional settings. The report confirmed Sarver made inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women and made inappropriate workplace physical conduct toward male employees.

WORDS AND ACTIONS MATTER.

Similar conduct by any CEO, executive director, president, teacher, coach or any other position of leadership would warrant immediate termination. The fact that Robert Sarver “owns” the team does not give him a license to treat others differently than any other leader. The fact that anyone would find him fit to lead because of this “ownership” position is forgetting that NBA teams belong to the communities they serve. Team investors are merely temporary stewards.

If we, as sports leaders, are not held to the same standards then how can we expect a functional society with integrity and respect on any level? We owe it to you: employees, players, partners and your families to provide the same positive workplace environment we would require of any other business.

I cannot in good judgment sit back and allow our children and future generations of fans think that this behavior is tolerated because of wealth and privilege. Therefore, in accordance with my commitment to helping eradicate any form of racism, sexism and bias, as Vice Chairman of the Phoenix Suns, I am calling for the resignation of Robert Sarver. While I have no interest in becoming the managing partner, I will work tirelessly to ensure the next team steward treats all stakeholders with dignity, professionalism and respect.

Najafi’s statement is dense with information. What’s interesting is that one of Phoenix’s minority owners has a more robust conception of accountability than Adam Silver did yesterday, when he knelt before the owners.

The political, social, and economic implications of the Sarver Saga will have far-reaching effects, and there is much more to come on this tale. Perhaps the declaration of Najafi will cause the walls of Jericho to fall.

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