Draymond Green retaliates against the Suns’ owner, who has been accused of naming him in a racist rant.
Robert Sarver, the owner of the Phoenix Suns, is under fire for allegedly encouraging a hostile workplace culture throughout his organization. The incident begins with racial remarks made by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, according to an exclusive ESPN report.
Sarver made the comments about Green in the locker room following Watson’s third game as head coach in Phoenix in late October 2016, according to former Suns head coach Earl Watson.
“I mean, why does Draymond Green get to run up the floor and scream the N-word?” According to information in Holmes’ report published online Thursday, November 4, Sarver allegedly questioned Watson.
The Suns’ owner, who is of Caucasian heritage, then repeated the racial slur numerous times, according to Watson.
Watson allegedly told Sarver, “You can’t say that.”
“Why?” Sarver is said to have reacted. “[N-word] says Draymond Green.”
Watson, who is of Black and Hispanic origin, told the Suns owner, “You can’t f****** say that.”
In an ESPN report, employees accuse Sarver of a toxic behavior pattern.
Sarver has been accused of encouraging “…a poisonous and sometimes hostile atmosphere” in Phoenix, according to Holmes’ piece, for which he said he interviewed more than 70 current and former Suns employees.
Sarver is also accused of using “racially insensitive language” “repeatedly in the office,” as well as misogynistic behavior “… including Sarver once passing around a picture of his wife in a bikini to employees and speaking about times his wife performed oral sex on him,” according to the complaint.
Sarver also owns the Phoenix Mercury, a WNBA team, in addition to the Suns.
In an ESPN report, a Suns co-owner was cited as stating regarding Sarver, “The amount of misogyny and racism is over the pale.” “As a business owner, it’s humiliating.”
In the aftermath of the news, however, other members of the Phoenix Suns organization, including individuals of racially diverse heritage, rushed to the owner’s defense.
Suns general manager James Jones, who is Black, stated of Sarver, “None of what’s been said describes the Robert Sarver I know, respect, and like — it just doesn’t.”
Sarver defended himself as well.
“Some of the charges made by ESPN against me personally, or the Phoenix Suns and Mercury organizations, as well as some of the allegations made by ESPN about the Phoenix Suns and Mercury organizations,” Sarver stated in… Nokia News – Short Summary