Suns president and CEO Jason Rowley says organization awaits NBA investigation
Nov 10, 2021, 4:38 PM | Updated: 4:45 pm
(Arizona Sports/Matt Layman)
Phoenix Suns president and CEO Jason Rowley said the organization will fully cooperate and await the results of the NBA investigation into allegations of racist and misogynistic behaviors by managing partner Robert Sarver.
“Not only will we be cooperating, we’ll be fully cooperating, and looking forward to the end result of that and being able to move on from there,” Rowley told Arizona Sports’ Burns & Gambo Show on Wednesday. “We have folks who are helping us work through that process which we will certainly be doing with the league and the ownership of the league.”
The NBA’s investigation came after ESPN’s Baxter Holmes released an article into the alleged issues inside the Suns’ organization.
Since the league announced the investigation, a video of Sarver posthumously roasting fellow team owner Dick Heckmann was published by Sports Illustrated on Tuesday.
Rowley, currently in his sixth year as team president, released a statement regarding ESPN’s initial story release on Nov. 4.
“The Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury organization vehemently reject the claims made in [the] ESPN article,” Rowley said in a statement after the initial report. “Our two organizations have always worked hard to create an environment that is respectful and diverse; where racism, sexism and damaging behavior of any kind are not condoned.
“[The] story contains false information and narratives perpetuated by a reporter who has struggled unsuccessfully to match the facts to a story he decided he wanted to tell a year ago. He twisted statements and circumstances to fit his preconceived narrative. He broke every rule of journalism by first deciding on his findings and then cherry-picking events and unreliable sources to prop up his demonstrably false claims.”
The Suns host the Portland Trail Blazers at 7 p.m. on Military Appreciation Night, a night special to the veteran Rowley.
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