Warriors’ Stephen Curry says he spoke with Adam Silver about Robert Sarver discipline, calls impending Suns sale ‘exactly what should have happened’

SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, speaking publicly about the Robert Sarver affair for the first time on Sunday, said he had private discussions with Commissioner Adam Silver about the penalty the league is giving to the embattled Phoenix Suns owner and imposed on Mercury.

“[I] have [Silver’s] point of view of what decisions and I think mechanisms he had to step in and impose a penalty worthy of the actions to which we all responded and represented the league as a whole and protected the integrity of the league and the standard that we executive conditions , owners down to the players,” Curry said when addressing the situation during the Warriors’ media day. “There should be a standard of what’s tolerable and what’s not.”

The NBA announced Sept. 13 that Sarver would be suspended for a year and fined $10 million after an independent investigation found he used the N-word at least five times “when making the statements.” reproduced by others” and was also involved in “instances of unfair behavior toward female employees,” including “sexual comments” and inappropriate comments about employees’ appearance. The NBA commissioned the investigation following an ESPN story in November 2021, detailing allegations of racism and misogyny during Sarver’s 17 years as owner.

The NBA’s announcement was met with backlash, with LeBron James, Chris Paul, Draymond Green and others speaking out, saying the punishment wasn’t severe enough. PayPal, the Suns’ jersey patch sponsor, threatened not to renew its partnership with the team if Sarver remained the owner. And Sun’s minority owner Jahm Najafi, the team’s second-largest shareholder, asked Sarver to resign.

A little over a week after his suspension was imposed, Sarver announced that it is beginning the sales process for Suns and Mercury.

“I think the result was exactly what should have happened,” Curry said. “Honestly I thought things dragged on a little longer with the penalty imposed but I’m glad we’ve got to a point where hopefully sooner than later the team is up for sale and can somehow carry on from where it should be .”

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine published earlier this month, Curry expressed regret at not taking a public stand and boycotting the 2014 playoff game against the Clippers, which followed the release of an audio recording showing the then-Clippers -Owner Donald Sterling made racist remarks – – ultimately leading to his lifetime ban from the league.

Curry commended his Warriors teammates James, Paul and Green for using their public platforms to speak out about Sarver and expressed his appreciation for Silver for heeding his call.

“The top players who also have a vested interest in protecting the league, all of these things are important and you want to have quick answers and reactions to things like that,” Curry said.

After Sarver’s suspension was announced but before he announced his intent to sell, Green recorded a 25-minute podcast episode urging NBA owners to hold a vote to end Sarver’s position as owner of the Suns.

“You know, if this is going to be settled by a vote, then why isn’t there a vote,” Green said at Warriors Media Day on Sunday, explaining the thought process he had during his podcast. “It’s 100 percent a fireable offense. It is 100 percent enforceable – to force a sale type event. So why isn’t there a vote if this has to happen?”

“I was very happy to see him sell the team because I think that’s the right thing to do,” Green continued. “If you look at some of the things that people have gotten into trouble over, I think that falls under the same boat. And we’re all part of this league, and no one is bigger than the league. If that’s the case for us as players, that applies across the board. We are all still part of the league no matter what level you are.

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