Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green called on league owners to hold an official vote to fire Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver.
Sarver was suspended from the NBA for one year and fined $10 million after a 10-month investigation into inappropriate workplace conduct, including the use of a racial slur and making inappropriate verbal and physical conduct toward female employees.
“To think that someone like Robert Sarver that’s acting in that manner can continue to represent us? That’s (expletive)” the All-Star forward said on his podcast that published Tuesday. “You can’t continue to represent way more people than yourself with those views, with speaking to people the way he did, with treating African Americans and women the way he has, that’s not OK.”
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Sarver can return for the 2023-24 season, while Suns vice chairman Sam Garvin serves in the interim.
“This guy gets to just come back in the fold as if he’s still representing us? And as if he’s a part of us? That can’t be so,” Green continued. “Because for us, especially as African Americans, I’m uncomfortable. I’m very uncomfortable.”
Green questioned how Sarver could lead and be a part of an organization whose success is “pretty much built on the backs of African Americans.”
Green also stated that players have been “thrown out of the league for less” and that anyone else in the NBA, especially those in a front office, “would 1000% be fired if half of the things that came out of the investigation into Robert Sarver came out about anyone else.”
While Green gave praise to commissioner Adam Silver for “the stands the league has taken over the years,” he said the outcome of Sarver’s investigation “fell short of what it should be.”
“So the one thing that I am going to need is someone to explain to me why is it that it was okay to get rid of (Donald) Sterling (former Los Angeles Clippers owner), but it’s not possible to force Robert Sarver to sell after what we read?
I’m asking that there be a vote. If that’s the only way, then let’s see what those numbers are. Let’s see what they are.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Robert Sarver: Draymond Green wants vote on firing Suns owner