Robert Sarver wants to sell Phoenix Suns after allegations

Eowner Robert Sarver announced the sale of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday. This move comes just eight days after being approved by the American professional basketball league NBA suspended for a year and was fined $10 million. Sarver is said to have made racist and sexist comments and treated basketball team staff unprofessionally for years.

This punishment was felt by many players in the league to be too lenient. Also NBA superstar LeBronJames complained publicly. The sale is "the best solution", although he originally hoped to be able to retain control of the franchises.

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"But in our current unforgiving climate it has become painfully clear that this is no longer possible - that whatever good I have done or may do is outweighed by things I have said in the past," Sarver wrote in a statement. "For these reasons, I'm beginning to look for buyers for the Suns and Mercury."

Sarver bought the teams of the NBA (Suns) and the women's professional league WNBA (Mercury) in July 2004 for around 400 million dollars (currently around 405 million euros). The business magazine "Forbes" recently estimated the value of the Suns at 1.8 billion US dollars (1.82 billion euros).

NBA boss Adam Silver described Sarver's punishment as harsh but appropriate last Tuesday and pointed out that he knew more about the results of the investigation than the general public. He also emphasized that there are high constitutional hurdles in the United States for taking someone's property - and Sarver is not an employee or director.

Phoenix Suns vice chairman Jahm Najafi asked Sarver to resign last Thursday. Now he reacted with the sale announcement.

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