NBA considering suspending Suns owner Robert Sarver for more than 1 year

New York – Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver was likely to receive an even stronger sanction by the NBA for his racist, inaccurate and hostile words and actions, a significant finding by investigators, Commissioner Adam Silver said on Wednesday.

The law firm that spent nearly a year digging into the situation determined that Sarwar’s use of slurs was “not motivated by racial enmity.”

Had it not been, Silver indicated, Sarwar’s sentence — a one-year suspension and a $10 million fine — would have been far more severe.

“It was relevant,” Silver said after concluding meetings of the league’s board of governors. “I think that if they had concluded that, in fact, their conduct was motivated by racial animosity, it would have affected the end result. Here. But that is not what they found.”

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