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NBPA executive director calls for lifetime ban on Suns owner Robert Sarver

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Phoenix Suns owner Robert Thurber was handed a one-year suspension and a $10 million fine by the NBA on Tuesday after an investigation into alleged racist and misogynist remarks. .

But Tamika Tremaglio, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), wants more punishment than that.

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Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Thurber attends Game 2 of the 2021 WNBA Finals on October 13, 2021 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
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“We are absolutely calling [a lifetime ban]’, Tremaglio said in an interview. ESPN’s “NBA Today.” “We do not want him to be in a position to control or involve individuals who are involved with our athletes or the athletes themselves. It’s perfectly clear that you don’t want to be in that position.”

The server was found to have “repeated the N word when talking about what others have said” at least five times and made many “sex-related” and other inappropriate comments at work.

Tremalgio appreciates Sever’s findings, but feels that he does not belong in such a position.

“We understand that a thorough investigation has taken place and while we are very happy that the NBA was able to do it, it is clear that they want it to happen. To make it clear that he does not want to return to a position that impacts our players and those who serve our players on a daily basis.

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Thurber stands with the Western Conference Championship trophy after the Suns defeated the Los Angeles Clippers to win the series on June 30, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Thurber stands with the Western Conference Championship trophy after the Suns defeated the Los Angeles Clippers to win the series on June 30, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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NBA says ‘I have no right to take away his team’ on Robert Thurber’s discipline

Tremaglio echoed the sentiments of some of the players she represented, including Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, Suns guard Chris Paul, and Suns minority owner Jam Najafi. .

“Read Server’s story a few times now. To be honest… our league definitely went wrong,” said James, a four-time MVP. tweeted on wednesday“You don’t have to explain why. Read the story and decide for yourself. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There’s no place for that kind of behavior in this league.”

Former NBPA President Paul said, “We believe the sanctions are insufficient to truly address what is atrocities that we can all agree on. My heartfelt condolences to all those affected. I am sorry,’ he said.

But NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he “has no right” to pull the Suns off the server.

“Of course, there could be a process to take someone’s team in this league, so I don’t want to settle for that legal point,” Silver said. made the decision not to rise to that level, but to me, Mr Thurber’s consequences are serious.”

The NBA found that Server “engaged in conduct that clearly violated common workplace standards as reflected in team and league rules and policies.” Treatment of employees sometimes constitutes bullying. “

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Thurber watches the New Orleans Pelicans during the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2022 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Thurber watches the New Orleans Pelicans during the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2022 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
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“Frankly, I know you never want your players to be in a dangerous position or the individuals around them to be in a dangerous position.” had the ability to set the tone for the top, and for us, having individuals in leadership roles that influence the game in such a way is detrimental to player success and player safety. and that is unacceptable.”

Previously, Donald Sterling was forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers and was banned for life in 2014 after being found to have made racist remarks.

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