Draymond Green makes comments on NBA owner Robert Sarver
Ricky Gray | September 21, 2022
The Golden State Warriors forward said there should be a vote to remove Sarver.
All-Star forward Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors suggested NBA owners should vote to terminate Robert Sarver's position as owner of the Phoenix Suns.
On the “Draymond Green Show”, Green’s podcast, the outspoken forward made the suggestion.
NBA rules require a vote of three-quarters of the board of governors to remove an owner.
During the podcast, Green said: “It's a little baffling to me that we'll walk into the arena next year. The Phoenix Suns will walk into the arena next year, he'll sit on the sideline and we'll just continue on playing.
“So the one thing that I am going to need is someone to explain to me why is it that it was OK to get rid of [LA Clippers owner Donald] Sterling, but it's not possible to force Robert Sarver to sell after what we read?”
Sarver is the majority owner of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, and was suspended for a year and fined $10m last week after an NBA investigation found that he used the N-word at least five times “when recounting the statements of others.”
Green continued: “I'm asking that there be a vote. If that's the only way, then let's see what those numbers are. Let's see what they are.”
The investigation also found that Sarver was involved in “instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees” and “sex-related comments” along with comments on employees' appearances.
Green added: “To get suspended for one year and fined $10m, I mean, the only way you get suspended for one year and fined $10m is if you are the owner of an asset and you can't be fired.
“Because I think anyone else in the NBA who -- and especially from a front-office standpoint, like maybe not a player, although we've seen players get thrown out of the league for less.”