NBA players want Robert Sarver out; PayPal says if he stays, he won’t stay Phoenix Suns sponsor

PayPal said Friday that the company would no longer sponsor the Phoenix Suns if owner Robert Sarver remains with the franchise when his suspension ends.

And the National Basketball Players Association later clarified its position, with executive director Tamika Tremaglio telling ESPN that NBA players want Sarver banned for life.

PayPal said its partnership agreement with the Suns ends after the 2022-23 season, meaning it will expire during Sarver’s one-year suspension from the NBA. Sarver was suspended this week, plus a $10 million fine, after an investigation showed a pattern of lewd, misogynistic and racist speech and conduct during his 18 years as Suns owner.

In a statement, PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman noted his company’s “strong record in the fight against racism, sexism and all forms of discrimination” and said Sarver’s conduct was “unacceptable and in conflict with our values”.

PayPal’s statement came a day after Suns vice-chairman Jahm Najafi called on Sarver to resign, saying there should be “zero tolerance” for lewd, misogynistic and racist behavior at any venue. work. Some players, including Suns guard Chris Paul — former president of the National Basketball Players Association — and Lakers star LeBron James, also said NBA sanctions against Sarver didn’t go far enough.

These statements from Paul and James came Wednesday, hours after NBA commissioner Adam Silver detailed some of his reasons for deciding a suspension and a fine were the appropriate penalties. On Friday, Tremaglio told ESPN the union “absolutely” wants Sarver out of the league.

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