Phoenix Suns team owner Robert Sarver suspended for 1-year, fined $10 million after NBA investigation

Robert Sarver, majority owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury franchises, will be suspended from any activities involving both teams for one year and fined $10 million for ”workplace misconduct and organizational deficiencies” found during an NBA investigation into allegations made against him, the league announced Tuesday.

The league launched its investigation last November in reaction to an ESPN report of allegations of racism and misogyny against Sarver, claiming he created a “toxic” work environment within the Suns’ organization during his 17-year run as owner.

Sarver has denied the allegations and said he welcomed the league’s investigation.

Robert Sarver has been the Suns' majority owner since 2004.

Robert Sarver has been the Suns’ majority owner since 2004.

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The 60-year-old Sarver purchased the Suns in 2004.

Wachtell Lipton law firm headed the Sarver investigation.

The law firm out of New York City also conducted the league’s investigation on the Dallas Mavericks in 2018 and former Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling in 2014, which resulted in Sterling being banned from the NBA, fined and ultimately forced to sell the franchise.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Suns owner Robert Sarver suspended, fined after NBA investigation

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