Statement from Lisa Banks and Debra Katz on Robert Sarver’s Sale of Phoenix Suns
WASHINGTON, DC – Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, who represent over 40 former Washington Commanders employees, released the below statement today in response to reports that Robert Sarver, majority owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury franchises, has begun the process to sell both organizations.
“The announcement that Robert Sarver will be selling the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury marks an important step in society’s ability to hold owners of professional sports leagues accountable for their actions. It is important to note, however, that it was the overwhelming pressure from players, the team’s co-owner, and corporate sponsors that forced accountability for Sarver’s racist and sexist behavior – and not the NBA Commissioner.
“The NFL Commissioner has similarly failed to take meaningful action in response to the serious allegations of sexual harassment and assault, as well as financial improprieties, brought against the Washington Commanders and owner Dan Snyder. We now need the NFL community, including players, owners, and corporate sponsors, to demonstrate the same outrage and moral strength as those in the NBA community and force accountability for these egregious actions. Like Robert Sarver, Dan Snyder must go.”