Robert Sarver was heavily punished, but he was not removed from his post. And given the seriousness of his actions, it is a mistake for many. LeBron James and Chris Paulperhaps the two strongest voices in the NBA, each expressed their disappointment on Twitter:
“I have read all the articles on the Sarver case several times now. I have to be honest…our league definitely got it wrong. I don’t need to explain why. Read it yourself and make up your own mind. 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 leaders. But that’s not normal. There is no place for misogyny, sexism and racism in any workplace. Whether you are a team owner or a team player. The league is supposed to represent our values and it is not. »
James refers in his text to the case Donald Sterlingex-owner of the Clippers banned for life by the NBA in 2014 after racist remarks made public.
“Like many others, I have reviewed the report. I was and am horrified and disappointed by what I read. This conduct, especially towards women, is unacceptable and must never be repeated.
I am of the opinion that the sanctions did not really measure up to what everyone agreed was atrocious behaviour. My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected. »Chris Paul
behaviour. I love this league and I deeply respect our leadership. But this isn’t right. There is no place for misogyny, sexism, and racism in any work place. Don’t matter if you own the team or play for the team. We hold our league up as an example of our values and this aint it.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 14, 2022
I am of the view that the sanctions fell short in truly addressing what we can all agree was atrocious behavior. My heart goes out to all of the people that were affected.
—Chris Paul (@CP3) September 15, 2022