Robert Sarver announces his intention to sell the Phoenix Suns, Mercury

Robert Sarver withdraws.

Majority owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury are seeking “buyers” for the two franchises a week after he was suspended for a year from any activities involving both teams and fined $10 million for “workplace misconduct and organizational deficiencies” discovered during the NBA investigation.

“As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness,” Sarver said in a statement Wednesday. “I was expecting the commissioner’s one-year suspension to allow me time to focus, compensate, and remove personal controversy from the teams I love and many of my fans.

“But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that this is no longer possible – anything good that I have done, or can still do, is outweighed by the things I have said in the past. For these reasons, I am beginning the process of finding buyers for the Sauns. and Mercury”.

January 28, 2022;  Phoenix, Arizona, USA;  Suns owner Robert Sarver walks to his seats during the first half of the game against the Timberwolves at the footprint center.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement in response to Sarver’s decision to sell the Suns and Mercury.

“I fully support Robert Sarver’s decision to sell the Phoenix Suns and Mercury,” Silver said. “This is the right next step for the organization and society.”

Suns Legacy Partners, LLC, agrees with Sarver’s decision.

“We are on a journey that began before last November, a journey that has involved changes in leadership, staff and accountability measures. And while we are proud of our progress and the culture of respect and integrity we are building, we know there is still work to be done and relationships to rebuild. We are committed to doing so for our employees, players, fans and partners. And that’s the community.”

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