Arizona political and cultural soap opera could change everything for the Midterms

There’s a soap opera playing out in Phoenix and it stars the National Basketball Association, Paypal, Blake Masters and even Mitch McConnell. 

The plot involves Cancel Culture, blind political ambition and billions of dollars. 

And this Arizona political and cultural soap opera could change everything for the Midterms this fall.

NBA owner Robert Sarver is selling his team and incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Kelley (D-AZ) may be breathing a sigh of relief after hearing this news. 

The political and cultural soap opera all revolves around the NBA owner selling his team, for reasons that may be even crazier than anything you’d see on daytime television. 

The owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and – for what it’s worth – the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, Robert Sarver, recently was suspended from both leagues for one year and ordered to pay a $10-Million fine. 

According to the results of an investigation by the National Basketball Association, Sarver purportedly used the “N” word five-times during the course of his 17-years as a team owner while recounting a story of someone else saying the word. 

Additionally Sarver also allegedly flirted with female employees. 

And, according to the investigation, he occasionally yelled.

Some insiders questioned if this supposed “whistleblower investigation” was the real reason Sarver was fined millions of dollars and told he could have nothing to do with a multi-billion-dollar asset he owned. 

Could the referees be blowing their whistles on Sarver for political reasons? 

A completely separate investigative report, by The Ringer’s John Gonzalez found Sarver donated at least $13,800 to moderate Republican Martha McSally’s Senate bid in 2019. 

Gonzalez goes on to insinuate Sarver is racist, because he gave $25,000 to a PAC that painted McSally’s 2019 opponent, Kyrsten Sinema as soft on immigration. 

It should be noted that Sarver also donated to Sinema in the race – as rich businessmen often hedge their bets and give money to both sides of the aisle – but he did give more to McSally. 

In total, from 2015 to 2020, Sarver gave almost $180,000 to Republicans, compared to just $11,000 to Democrats, and $30,000 to non-partisan political causes. 

One would think Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would be happy to have a large donor like Sarver giving to GOP candidates. 

However, McConnell wasn’t pleased that Trump-endorsed Blake Masters won the Republican U.S. Senate primary in the Grand Canyon State. 

McConnell has gone as far recently to pull his political action committee out of Arizona, leaving Masters to take on incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly on his lonesome. 

Could McConnell have been working with the NBA to send a message to Sarver not to donate to the Master’s campaign? 

McConnell’s every move of late seems to show he wants to tank the Midterms so he can blame The MAGA movement and can then push his own hand-picked RINO at the top in  2024.

In case Sarver didn’t get the message, more pressure has been added. 

PayPal is the largest sponsor of the Phoenix Suns – so much so they own prominent placement on the team’s jerseys. 

However, shortly after the investigation against Sarver concluded, PayPal said they would pull their sponsorship if Sarver returns to the teams he owns.  The company also has an apparent history of  targeting conservatives since it was purchased by eBay. 

Last year, PayPal teamed up with the left-wing Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to gather “intelligence” on how supposed “extremist and hate movements” – like those President Joe Biden calls “MAGA Republicans” – use financial platforms for funding.

Back in January, PayPal permanently banned the account of conservative writer and pundit Ian Miles Cheong. 

Interestingly, PayPal was founded by GOP mega-donor Peter Theil. 

Theil is also Master’s largest donor and supporter. 

Adding an entire other layer to this soap opera is the fact that PayPal and Theil have had nothing to do with each other since the company was sold to eBay for $1.5-Billion back in 2002. 

The newest development in the story, the melodrama in Maricopa County is causing Sarver to throw his hands up. 

Sarver has now decided to sell the Suns and Mercury. 

“In our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that that is no longer possible — that whatever good I have done, or could still do, is outweighed by things I have said in the past,” Sarver said. “For those reasons, I am beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and Mercury.”

Sarver purchased the team as majority owner in 2004 for about $400-million.

The most recent NBA team sale came last year, when the Utah Jazz went for $1.7-Billion. 

However, Phoenix is likely going to fetch a higher asking price than Salt Lake City, and Sarver can also offer the Mercury franchise as part of a package deal. 

Forbes recently estimated the value of the Suns alone to be around $1.8 billion.

Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.

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