No, Nope, Naw: LeBron James And Chris Paul Slam NBA Over Paltry Punishment Of Suns Owner Robert Sarver For Racism And Misogyny

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The NBA has historically been pretty good at handling this stuff but yesterday they took a L.

Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver was suspended for one year and fined $10 million for repeatedly saying the n-word, making lewd sexual comments in front of women staff, and generally being a trash human being in a position of immense power. To most folks, losing 8 figures and a “job” would be grounds for depression and potential alcohol abuse, however, when you own an NBA team and have billions of dollars, it doesn’t really amount to more than a slap on the wrist.

LeBron James and Chris Paul are not having it. “The King” took to Twitter to make it known exactly how he feels in no uncertain terms.

Read through the Sarver stories a few times now. I gotta be honest…Our league definitely got this wrong. I don’t need to explain why. Y’all read the stories and decide for yourself. I said it before and I’m gonna say it again, there is no place in this league for that kind of

— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 14, 2022

behavior. 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

Pretty strong words coming from easily the most impactful voice in the NBA and he was not alone. Chris Paul also made public his thoughts on Robert Sarver and the league’s flaccid response.

Like many others, I 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.

— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 15, 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

For his part, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made himself look even crazier by the way he answered some fair, very direct, and no frills questions about his decision at a press conference.

Adam Silver discusses the differing standards for NBA governors compared to other league employees when taking questions about Robert Sarver’s fine and suspension pic.twitter.com/SKUXnJ9hia

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 14, 2022

We’re going to be watching this story very closely especially as we get closer and closer to the beginning of the 2022-2023 NBA season. There will undoubtedly be growing internal pressure as more players voice their displeasure with the league and the public pressure will only intensify as this story sticks for several news cycles.

You move again, commish.

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