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Two of the NBA’s greatest players stepped in early and said the punishment given to Suns owner Robert Sarver was not enough. james lebron said, “our league definitely got it wrong,” and the Suns Chris Paul said the one-year ban and $10 million fine “did little to address what we can all agree was atrocious behavior.”

Now, Tamika Tremaglio, the executive director of the NBPA, has called for a lifetime ban on Sarver. She appeared on ESPN’s NBA Today and said this:

“We absolutely demand it [lifetime ban]. We don’t want him to be in a position where he manages or engages with individuals who engage with our players or the players themselves. We are absolutely clear from the findings of the report that we do not want him to be in that position…

“It’s our players’ desire that while we understand there’s been a thorough investigation and while we’re very pleased the NBA was able to follow up on this – because it’s clearly something we want to see happen – we also want to make it very clear that we don’t want him back in a position where he will impact our players and those who serve our players on a daily basis.

A 10-month investigation into Sarver and the Suns revealed numerous examples of his racist and misogynistic behavior over 17 years: using the N-word at least five times (despite being told he can’t) , telling a pregnant woman that she probably couldn’t be at the event she was planning because a child needs a mother and not a father at home, commenting on the appearance and the women’s bodies (multiple times), emailing pornography to male employees, scolding women in the office, and the list goes on and over 100 employees telling investigators that Sarver had “violated applicable standards” (for the say nicely).

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has opted for a one-year suspension for Sarver and a $10 million fine, a punishment considered a slap on the wrist. When asked to explain why Sarver got a year for something that would have gotten an employee fired from the NBA league office — or one of the 30 teams — Silver stumbled.

“There are special rights here for someone who owns an NBA team as opposed to someone who is an employee…” Silver said. “I don’t have the right to retire his team… There’s no clear answer here other than owning property, the rights that come with owning an NBA team, how that’s set up in our constitution, what it would take to remove that team from its control is a very involved process, and it’s different than having a job. It’s just, when you actually own a team. is just a very different proposition.

Except Tremaglio — and others — are asking not to force Sarver to sell his shares of the Suns (he owns about a third of the team, the highest percentage of multiple owners). They’re asking for a lifetime ban, an extension of his one-year suspension for having anything to do with Suns basketball business or operations. Sarver would become a limited partner but would retain his shares, which he could resell whenever he wished.

The ban is within Silver’s rights and was the first thing he did with Donald Sterling when tapes of the former Clippers owner’s racist statements were made public in 2014. (The Clippers were only sold only to Steve Ballmer due to a devious move by Sterling’s wife, Shirley, to have Sterling declared incompetent to lead the team, and then she sold it under him.)

Sarver would likely fight a lifetime (or even extended) ban, dragging the league to court. This is where Silver needs the support of the other 29 NBA owners – Silver works for them, and many of those billionaires aren’t comfortable voting for one of their own (people who live in glass houses and all). They won’t vote to force a sale, but other owners could back a lifetime ban if there’s enough public and financial pressure on them that they feel compelled to choose the league over Sarver for the good of the game. their businesses.

That’s why PayPal saying it won’t renew as shirt sponsor if Sarver returns as governor was a huge step (other sponsors joining that chorus would be very important). That’s why Tremaglio and the players’ union are speaking out and calling for a ban. That’s why Paul and LeBron calling for punishment matters.

Pressure mounts for a tougher punishment for Sarver. Whether that will be enough to get Silver to act remains to be seen.