Robert Sarver announces plans to sell Phoenix Suns, Mercury

Robert Sarver retires.

Majority owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury is “looking for buyers” for the two franchises a week after being suspended for a year from any business involving both teams and fined $ 10 million for “workplace misconduct.” and organizational deficiencies “found during an NBA investigation.

“As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path of forgiveness,” Sarver said in a statement Wednesday. “I expected that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would give me time to focus, make amends and remove my personal controversy from the teams that I and so many fans love.

“But in our current ruthless climate, it has become painfully clear that this is no longer possible – that whatever good I have done, or could still do, is offset by the things I have said in the past. For these reasons, I am starting the process. search for buyers for the Suns and Mercury “.

January 28, 2022;  Phoenix, Arizona, United States;  Suns owner Robert Sarver takes his place during the first half of a game against the Timberwolves at the Footprint Center.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement in reaction to Sarver’s decision to sell the Suns and Mercury.

“I fully support Robert Sarver’s decision to sell the Phoenix Suns and Mercury,” said Silver. “This is the right next step for the organization and the community.”

Suns Legacy Partners, LLC, agree with Sarver’s decision.

“We are on a journey that started before last November, which included changes to leadership, staffing and accountability measures. While we are proud of our progress and the culture of respect and integrity we are building, we know there is Still a lot of work to do and relationships to rebuild. We are committed to doing it for our staff, players, fans, partners and this community. “

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