This NBA owner just had the hammer dropped on him—and Mitch McConnell might be behind it

In recent years, the NBA has made no bones about what side of the political aisle they’re aligned with. 

From supporting National Anthem protests, to promoting the hateful Black Lives Matter movement, to siding with Communist China over free speech, the NBA is full-on woke. 

Now the league just dropped the hammer on one owner and Mitch McConnell may be behind it.

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


Well, supposedly, Sarver made locker room talk inside a locker room. 

Thanks to a “whistleblower,” Sarver was investigated by the NBA.

The investigation alleges that the 17-year NBA team owner used the “N” word on 5 occaisions. 

According to the league’s report, each of the five occasions came while Sarver was recounting a story of someone else saying the, apparently, banned word that is likely used 5 times a minute by players throughout the league, ESPN reported. 

Sarver also apparently committed the unforgivable offense of flirting with female employees. 

And, according to the investigation, over the course of his 17-years running the Suns, he occasionally yelled at people in his employ. 

Unnamed sources, who were involved in the investigation, don’t believe the penalty goes far enough. 

“It’s barely a slap on the wrist and shows us the league truly doesn’t stand for diversity, equity or inclusion,” one informant told ESPN. “But I’m angry. The league failed us when they had the opportunity to stand behind its values.”

Another informant told the Disney-owned, left-wing outlet that masquerades as sports media that they were “f—king angry,” and noted that “many others” were as well.

The $10-Million and a year suspension seems fishy to many observers given the timing.

Could Sarver really be being punished for something else? 

Former ESPN personality, Bill Simmons, now runs his own sporting news website, The Ringer

About two years ago, The Ringer’s John Gonzalez wanted to see if the mostly white owners of NBA teams really aligned with the “ideals” of the NBA. 

Gonzalez poured through campaign finance reports and decided to put any owner who donated to any Republicans on-blast. 

In his “investigative report,” 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. 

Could this be the real reason the NBA came down on him so hard, especially given the hotly-contested Arizona US Senate race between low-earth orbit Democrat incumbent Mark Kelly and Trump-endorsed Republican candidate Blake Masters is one of the GOPs best pick up opportunities?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is seemingly attempting to torpedo the GOP’s Midterm chances by pulling funding from Masters.

That’s likely because McConnell wants to blame The MAGA movement for his own underperformance as GOP leader so that he can push his own hand-picked RINO at the top in  2024.

With a Masters victory likely hinging on outside cash, many are speculating the NBA’s move could be aimed at keeping Sarver from lending his support.

For his part, Sarver is toeing the league line. 

“While I disagree with some of the particulars of the NBA’s report, I would like to apologize for my words and actions that offended our employees,” Sarver said. “I take full responsibility for what I have done. I am sorry for causing this pain, and these errors in judgment are not consistent with my personal philosophy or my values. I accept the consequences of the NBA’s decision. This moment is an opportunity for me to demonstrate a capacity to learn and grow as we continue to build a working culture where every employee feels comfortable and valued.”

During his year-long suspension, Sarver cannot show up at any Suns or Mercury related office or facility – all of which he owns. 

Nor can he attend any games.

And he’s not allowed to have any involvement with the “business or basketball operations” of the two teams he owns. 

If Sarver wants to really send a message to the NBA, he should commit to covering the millions in ad spending in the Arizona Senate fight that Mitch McConnell backed out of.

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

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