Suns vice chairman Najafi ‘saddened’ by allegations against Robert Sarver
Phoenix Suns vice chairman Jahm Najafi said in a statement that he was “stunned” and is seeking accountability after ESPN published a story detailing alleged examples of racism and misogyny on the part of owner Robert Sarver.
“I have been made aware of the allegations against Robert Sarver, the managing partner who runs the Phoenix Suns,” Najafi’s statement said. “The conduct he is alleged to have committed has stunned and saddened me and is unacceptable. The well-being and safety of every Suns employee, player, coach and stakeholder is first and foremost our priority. My sincerest sympathy goes out to all whose lives and professions have been impacted. I am personally committed to helping eradicate any form of racism, sexism, and bias, which is unacceptable anywhere in our society. I have partnered with the NBA Foundation to underscore this commitment.
“The Phoenix Suns is a national treasure that belongs to all of us as fans and residents of our community. Team investors are simply temporary stewards of this treasure. It is our job as stewards to ensure everyone is treated respectfully and equally. Although today’s revelations fall under the jurisdiction of the League which decides and takes any action based on its finding, I offer my support to ensure there is full accountability.”
Najafi is the CEO of Phoenix-based Najafi Companies, a private investment firm. He’s held that position since 2002.
He has been an alternate governor representing the Suns with the National Basketball Association, according to his biography on the Suns’ website, and has served on board for the Phoenix Country Day School, Arizona State and the Phoenix Symphony, among others.
Earlier this year, he pledged $1 million per year over the next 10 years toward the NBA Foundation to promote the league’s efforts in helping racial equality and social justice campaigns.