Robert Sarver announces intention to sell Phoenix Suns, Mercury

Robert Sarver is bowing out.

The majority owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury is “seeking buyers” for the two franchises a week after he was suspended for one year from any activities involving both teams and fined $10 million for ”workplace misconduct and organizational deficiencies” found during an NBA investigation.

“As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness,” Sarver said in a statement Wednesday. “I expected that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would provide the time for me to focus, make amends and remove my personal controversy from the teams that I and so many fans love.

“But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that that is no longer possible – that whatever good I have done, or could still do, is outweighed by things I have said in the past. For those reasons, I am beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and Mercury.”

Jan 28, 2022;  Phoenix, Arizona, USA;  Suns owner Robert Sarver walks to his seats during the first half of a game against the Timberwolves at the Footprint Center.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement in reaction to Sarver’s decision to sell the Suns and Mercury.

“I fully support the decision by Robert Sarver to sell the Phoenix Suns and Mercury,” Silver said. “This is the right next step for the organization and community.”

Suns Legacy Partners, LLC, are in agreement with Sarver’s decision.

“We are on a journey that began before last November, one that has included changes to leadership, staff and accountability measures. While we are proud of our progress and the culture of respect and integrity we are building, we know there remains work to do and relationships to rebuild. We are committed to doing so for our staff, players, fans, partners and this community.”

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