Golden State Warriors All-Star Forward Drummond Green Called NBA owners to vote to end Robert Sarver’s position as owner of the Phoenix Suns.
“I’m asking that there be a vote,” said Green. “The Drummond Green Show” Podcastwhich was published on Tuesday.
League rules require a three-quarter vote of the board of governors to remove a boss.
“It’s a little shocking to me that we’ll be walking into the arena next year,” Green said on his podcast. “The Phoenix Suns will take the field next year, he’ll sit on the sidelines and we’ll just keep playing. So the one thing I need is someone to explain to me why that was. OK to get rid of [LA Clippers owner Donald] Sterling, but after what we read it is not possible to force Robert Sarver to sell?
“… I’m asking for votes. If that’s the only way, let’s see what those numbers are. Let’s see what they are.”
Sarwar, who is also the majority owner of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercurywas suspended for a year and fined $10 million last week after an investigation found he used the n-word at least five times “while reiterating the statements of others”. .
Sarwar was also involved in “instances of disproportionate conduct towards female employees”, including “sex-related comments” and inappropriate comments on staff appearance.
Silver banned Sterling for life, although a vote was never taken among NBA owners to end his status as owner. The Clippers were eventually sold.
Green said the league’s punishment was not enough for Sarwar, and that the players “have been kicked out of the league for less.”
“To be suspended for one year and fined $10 million, I mean, the only way to suspend you for a year and fine you $10 million is if you own a property and you Can’t get fired,” Green said. “Because I think someone else in the NBA – and especially from a front-office standpoint, like maybe not a player, although we’ve seen players get kicked out of the league for less – if half So 1,000% will be fired, about any of the other things that emerged from Robert Sarwar’s investigation.”
The NBA launched an investigation in November 2021 in the wake of an ESPN story detailing allegations of racism and misogyny during Sarwar’s 17 years as owner.
It was found that Sarver had used the N-word at least five times “to repeat or repeat what a black person had said—four of them even after being told by both black and white subordinates that they had to do so.” The word must not be used, even a repetition of another,” the NBA report said.
“Number 1, if you use the n-word to re-describe something someone said or [are] telling a story that someone told you or [you are] Using the word, because someone else did – stop it,” Green said. “It’s ridiculous. Because the level of comfort at which you have to use the n-word again doesn’t validate or fix it for Robert Sarver to use the n-word.”
Greene questioned how someone like Sarwar could lead an organization whose success “has been built largely on the backs of African Americans.”
“When he returns next year, because it’s only one year, will everything return to normal?” Hare asked. “Should those guys see everything they’ve just seen and heard? Should those guys feel comfortable continuing to work with this guy?”
Green praised Silver “for the stands he has taken over the years,” but added that the results of this investigation “fall short of what it should be.”
“To think that someone like Robert Sarver who is acting like that, could continue to represent us? He’s the bull—,” Green said. “You can’t continue to represent people higher than you with those views, with people the way they spoke, with their treatment of African Americans and women, that’s not okay.
“This guy has to come back again as if he’s still representing us? And as if he’s part of us? It can’t happen. Because for us, especially as African Americans, I Uncomfortable, I’m very uncomfortable. And knowing that, in that situation, you can essentially do whatever you want, and because you have an asset, you can’t be punished?”