Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury team owner Robert Sarver was handed a one-year suspension as well as a hefty $10 million fine for inappropriate conduct following claims of misogyny and racism.

The NBA released an official statement on Tuesday, Sept. 13, following a year-long investigation, detailing the findings concerning Sarver and the two Phoenix professional basketball teams.

The investigation involved interviews with about 320 individuals and more than 80,000 documents. Among the findings included:

The use of the N-word when repeating the statements of others on at least five separate occasions.

  • Sex-related comments in the workplace.
  • Inappropriate comments on the physical appearance of women.
  • Inappropriate physical conduct toward men.
  • Demeaning and harsh treatment of employees.

With the suspension, this means that the 60-year-old executive will not be allowed in any NBA or WNBA event facility, allowed to represent the Suns or Mercury in any way, or be involved with any business or basketball operations within either organization or league.

The $10 million fine handed to Sarver is the maximum amount that the NBA is allowed to fine. Further, the Suns team owner will be required to undergo a complete training program that focuses on respect and appropriate conduct in the workplace, NBC Sports reported.

“While I disagree with some of the particulars of the NBA’s report, I would like to apologize for my words and actions that offended our employees,” Sarver said in a statement. “I accept the consequences of the NBA’s decision. This moment is an opportunity for me to demonstrate a capacity to learn and grow as we continue to build a working culture where every employee feels comfortable and valued.”

Sarver’s fine will be donated to organizations that are focused on racial and gender-based issues both in and out of the workplace.

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