“As a person of faith, I believe in atonement and a path to forgiveness. I expected you to give me time to remove the ,” said the server. “However, in our current inexorable circumstances, it has become painfully clear that this is no longer possible. .”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Suspends Servers It fined him up to $10 million for a year and fined him last week following the conclusion of a lengthy workplace conduct investigation that was launched later. ESPN.com article in November. However, Silver fell short of issuing a lifetime ban from the server, a punishment the commissioner had previously given. Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his racist comments in 2014.
Prominent NBA stars such as LeBron James, Chris Paul and Draymond Green, as well as National Basketball Players Association executive director Tamika Tremaglio, have condemned Thurber’s actions and suggested Silver’s punishment wasn’t enough. did. PayPal said it would not renew the contract If Thurber remains with the team he has owned since 2004, he will remain the Suns’ jersey sponsor after this season. issued a statement.
With the 2022-23 season starting next month, the team’s media day is set to begin on Sunday. Thurber’s decision to pursue a sale of the Suns received relief across the league given that he initially strongly denied it. ESPN.comhis reputation for assertiveness and stubbornness. After Silver suspended him, he issued an apology, but Sarver disputed some of the report’s findings, and his legal representatives continued to quarrel over some of the allegations. There were concerns that it would dig in like Sterling, thereby creating a protracted power struggle over Suns’ future and an unbearable daily existence.
“I fully support Robert Thurber’s decision to sell the Phoenix Suns and Mercury,” Silver said in a statement Wednesday. “This is the right next step for the organization and community.”
Silver was in the spotlight last week He didn’t have the authority as Commissioner to unilaterally take Sands away from Server. Instead, the NBA board of directors had to vote the server by his three-fourths majority vote. This was a difficult and time-consuming proposition, one that could have resulted in litigation from the server. However, his NBA decision to release the investigator’s report exposed Thurber to widespread criticism and outrage. In the past, similar research reports have been summarized by leagues rather than being fully published.
“I am proud to be part of a league that is committed to progress,” James said Wednesday.
NBPA President CJ McCollum said in a statement: “We would like to thank Mr. Thurber for making a swift decision that is in the best interest of our sports community.
Investigators at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz documented a long list of workplace misconduct violations in a 43-page report. This includes repeated instances of sexist behavior and multiple incidents where the server used the n-word at least five times. Server exposed himself to employees.
According to eyewitnesses, Thurber was involved in recruiting free agents in 2004, during team-building exercises in 2012 or 2013, after a game against the Golden State Warriors in October 2016, and what the player’s family was doing. I used the n-word when I was repeating a story about being a person. he said as he boarded the team’s plane. According to two witnesses, Thurber quoted a member of his family saying: [n-words] behind. “Investigators found that the server, who is white, continued to use slurs for years despite repeated warnings from his colleagues that they were inappropriate.
Server offenses against female employees include saying that babies “need mothers, not fathers” so they must quit their assigned jobs, and giving another person an “upgrade” (a euphemism for breast augmentation). ) and telling another person. While getting ready to shower at the team’s facility, she “never saw anything this big”. I objected when I started crying, and then had lunch for the four female employees, which the attendees perceived as a means of strengthening them.
Investigators attributed some of Thurber’s behavior to his “rudimentary and inappropriate” sense of humor and “lack of filters”, but he repeatedly crossed the line to harassment. While undergoing a “fitness check” from a male employee, the server “unnecessarily dropped his underwear” while the employee kneeled in front of him exposing himself. Server also danced “pelvis to pelvis” with a male employee at a holiday party, pulled down a male employee’s pants in front of co-workers at a 2014 charity event, and had at least one player on the 2009-10 team I asked about personal grooming habits. .
Under the terms of the suspension, Server is prohibited from participating in all NBA and WNBA games and team facilities, and from attending public events on behalf of the Suns or Mercury of the WNBA, and from his organization’s business. Also involved in running the league meetings. Sam Garvin, the longtime minority owner of the Suns, will replace Thurber on an interim basis.
“The racist club in professional sports is officially closed,” Sharpton said in a statement. , the Suns and Mercury – the first step in a long journey towards justice for the staff, players and fans – eradicating racism, misogyny and hate by the NBA, both teams, corporate sponsors and whoever the new owners are. It is now imperative that we deliver on our commitment to
After the initial success of the “Seven Seconds or Less” Suns, who reached the Western Conference Finals in 2005 and 2006, Thurber has been known as a thrifty and sometimes belligerent owner. . Phoenix has failed to make the playoffs for his 10th straight season from 2011 to his 2020. During one particularly tumultuous stretch, Thurber fired coach Earl Watson after just three games into the 2017-18 season, and fired his full-time replacement, Igor Kokoskov, one season later.
I had a lot of bad luck along the way. In 2014, Thurber apologized to Suns fans after the San Antonio Spurs chose to rest several stars during a game in Phoenix. replied that he must have been wearing a hat. “Chicken Suit” during his speech2017, Sons Guard Eric Bledsoe famously tweeted “I don’t want to be here,” a deal request he later claimed was a reference to boredom at hair salons. reportedly contained a live goat It was clearly a motivational tactic in his general manager’s office.
However, in recent years, the arrival of coaches Monty Williams and Paul has put the Suns back on the playoffs and on the national stage. Phoenix made it to the Finals in his 2021 season for the first time since 1993, and last season saw his 64 wins, a franchise record, despite an ongoing server investigation. Having built a talented roster around Paul, his guard Devin Booker, forward Michal his Bridges, center Deandre his Ayton, the Suns will enter next season as one of the West’s favorites. To do.
Sands issued a statement on Wednesday, acknowledging Server’s decision and pledging to “create, maintain and protect best-in-class experiences” for its employees.
“I recognize the courage of those who have come forward in this process, told their stories and apologized to those they hurt,” the statement read. “We are on a journey that began before November last year and which includes changes in leadership, staff and accountability measures. We are proud of our culture of respect and integrity, but we know there is work to be done and relationships need to be rebuilt.
Thurber heads the group that bought Sands for about $400 million in 2004 and most recently Forbes quote The current value of the franchise is pegged at over $1.8 billion. With the NBA franchise’s value rising significantly in recent years and a new national media rights deal on the horizon, the Suns’ sale price valuation could exceed $2 billion. After selling for $2 billion in 2014, the Houston Rockets sold for $2.2 billion in 2017 and the Brooklyn Nets, along with Barclays Center Arena, sold for $3.3 billion in 2019. ) and the Minnesota Timberwolves ($1.5 billion) have yielded favorable returns for longtime owners.