Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is not happy with the decision the NBA made regarding the punishment of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver.
The league banned Sarver for one year and also received a $10 million fine. New York-based law firm Wachtell Lipton started off an investigation into allegations of workplace abuse. Sarver was the main target and now we have the results of this investigation.
According to LeBron, the NBA got it all wrong. He didn’t try too hard to offer an explanation. He just knows that the NBA made a bad decision. The four-time NBA champion sure admits that there’s no room in the NBA for ugly behavior. However, he insists that this was a bad decision. The NBA owner deserved a different treatment.
LeBron James, Chris Paul, and others wanted bigger punishment for the NBA owner
If you are not familiar with Sarver’s situation, the NBA accused him of using the N-word in his conversation with people. The NBA says that Sarver also showed “inequitable conduct toward female employees.”
The investigation found that the NBA owner “engaged in conduct that clearly violated common workplace standards, as reflected in team and league rules and policies.”
Chris Paul shares the same opinion with LeBron. There’s no room for such disrespect.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver discussed the situation during his press conference on September 14.
“Look, I think it’s no secret this is a league where roughly 80% of our players are Black. More than half our coaches are Black,” Silver said. “I will say that none of them maybe are as shocked as I am, living their lives, that I don’t think they’re reading this saying, oh my god, I can’t believe this happens.”
National Basketball Players Association executive director Tamika Tremaglio criticized the decision and condemned Sarver’s behavior.
“I have made my position known to Adam Silver regarding my thoughts on the extent of the punishment, and strongly believe that Mr. Sarver should never hold a managerial position within our league again,” Tremaglio said in a statement.