Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver was recently in headlines for his refusal to offer center Deandre Ayton a maximum contract extension ahead of the deadline to do so but could soon be in the news for a much different reason.
NBA insider Jordan Schultz reports the league is readying itself for a story alleging acts of "racism, sexism and sexual harassment" by Sarver that could result in his permanent removal from the club and the Association:
Breaking: The NBA is preparing for a massive story accusing #Suns owner Robert Sarver of racism, sexism and sexual harassment in a series of incidents, sources say. With enough evidence to support such claims, there’s a real chance the league would forcibly remove Sarver.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) October 22, 2021
No other details about this report or the allegations were known as of late Friday afternoon.
Many will remember how the NBA banned former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life in 2014 after he was caught making racist remarks. That resulted in former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ultimately buying the Clippers.
Suns beat reporter Evan Sidery is one of several knowledgeable individuals connecting the dots and wondering if former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver and Suns minority owner Larry Fitzgerald could have a larger role with the organization if Sarver is exiled:
If Robert Sarver is removed as owner of the Phoenix Suns by the NBA, you have to wonder if minority owner and Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald would temporarily step in to a bigger role.— Evan Sidery (@esidery) October 22, 2021
If the Phoenix Suns are eventually sold to a new ownership group, the current team value is $1.8 billion, per @Forbes.— Evan Sidery (@esidery) October 22, 2021
Robert Sarver purchased the Suns for $401 million in 2004.
Without any further information, though, even reporters are left guessing on Sarver's potential fate ahead of the weekend.