Phoenix Suns Sale Rumors
Duane Rankin: “The racist old boys’ club in professional sports is officially closed.” @Reverend Al Sharpton as Robert Sarver is looking to sell Phoenix #Suns and Phoenix Mercury after #NBA investigation backlash.
Ramona Shelburne: The early expectation is a new ownership group will come from a process that could take several months, sources told ESPN. But as my colleague notes below, no shortage of interested candidates.
Robert Sarver: Words that I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that brought people together – and strengthened the Phoenix area – through the unifying power of professional men’s and women’s basketball. As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness. 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.
Robert Sarver: I do not want to be a distraction to these two teams and the fine people who work so hard to bring the joy and excitement of basketball to fans around the world. I want what’s best for these two organizations, the players, the employees, the fans, the community, my fellow owners, the NBA and the WNBA. This is the best course of action for everyone.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Suns are considered an extremely desirable franchise in the marketplace and will have no shortage of high-level ownership candidates. As a warm weather destination in West, league executives always believed this could be a monster free agent destination with right ownership.