LeBron is not a happy guy.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar detailed his disappointment with the NBA’s punishment of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, writing “our league definitely got this wrong” in several tweets he posted this week. Sarver was banned from the NBA for a period of one year and fined $10 million after the NBA released its findings from a 10-month independent investigation into allegations of workplace abuse during Sarver’s tenure as managing partner of the Suns that has spanned nearly two decades.
“Read through the Sarver stories a few times now. I gotta be honest…Our league definitely got this wrong. I don’t need to explain why. Y’all read the stories and decide for yourself. I said it before and I’m gonna say it again, there is no place in this league for that kind of behavior. I love this league and I deeply respect our leadership. But this isn’t right. There is no place for misogyny, sexism, and racism in any work place. Don’t matter if you own the team or play for the team. We hold our league up as an example of our values and this aint it.”
Chris Paul, who also served two terms as president of the National Basketball Players Association, expressed similar sentiments as James, writing,
“I am of the view that the sanctions fell short in truly addressing what we can all agree was atrocious behavior.”
Like many others, I reviewed the report. I was and am horrified and disappointed by what I read. This conduct especially towards women is unacceptable and must never be repeated.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed concerns from his league’s players, who are nearly 75% Black.
“I’ve talked to some players,” Silver said at a news conference in New York following the league’s board of governors meeting. “Those have been private conversations. I’ll leave it for the players to speak directly how they feel.”
LeBron has spent the last half of his NBA career as a public advocate for social change.
You know there’s no chance LeBron is just going to shut up and dribble on this one..
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