The Phoenix Suns seek to forestall a potentially damning report of racism, sexism and sexual harassment within the organization … alleging the claims are “completely baseless”.
The statement comes shortly after an NBA insider Jordan schultz claimed a “massive story” accusing the owner of the team Robert sarver several misconduct incidents are looming.
Ahead of the report’s release, the Suns issued a scathing statement calling the allegations nothing more than a hit.
“We understand that a media outlet is considering publishing a proposed story that makes completely unfounded allegations against the Suns organization on a variety of topics,” the team said Friday.
“The documentary evidence in our possession and eyewitness testimony directly contradict the journalist’s accusations, and we are preparing our response to his questions. We urge everyone not to rush to judge here.”
“Mostly based on lies, innuendos and a false narrative to attack our organization and its leaders.”
Depending on the seriousness of the allegations, Sarver’s role within the organization could be at risk … and it wouldn’t be the first time an owner has been forced to sell their team.
Donald sterling was received a lifetime ban of the NBA in 2014 … after TMZ Sports published audio of the businessman spitting racist remarks to his then mistress V. Stiviano.
As for Sarver, he claims to have been blinded by the allegations … saying he is against racial or gender discrimination of any kind.
“While I cannot begin to figure out how to respond to some of the vague suggestions made by mostly anonymous voices, I can certainly tell you that some of the statements that I find completely repugnant to my nature and the character of the Suns / Mercury workplace and I can tell you that has never happened, ”Sarver said on Friday.
“I’m not starting to figure out how to prove something did NOT happen, and ugly accusations are hard to erase or forget once they are made. Even allusions to racism or sexism in our culture today are toxic and damaging and should not be lifted slightly, ”he added.
“I categorically deny any suggestions that I have used derogatory language related to race or gender, I would like to think that my actions and my public record regarding race, sex or discrimination of any kind , over a lifetime of business and community service, will adequately answer any questions anyone might raise about my commitment to equality and fairness. “
The report has not been released at the time of this article, but we will update as soon as it is released.