PHOENIX – ancient Phoenix Suns Owner Robert Sarver is showing his appreciation to the team’s employees after selling the franchise.
According to a report from Baxter Holmes of ESPN, Sarver is giving many full-time Suns employees a $20,000 bonus. He’s also donating $5 million to the Suns’ charity.
server sold the Suns and Mercury franchises to billionaire mortgage executive Mat Ishbia. Sarver was suspended by the NBA for a year and fined $10 million after an investigation found he had engaged in what the league called “labor misconduct and organizational deficiencies.”
The punishment came nearly a year after the NBA asked a law firm to investigate allegations of it Sarver had a history of racist, misogynistic and hostile incidents during his nearly two-decade tenure overseeing the franchise.
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Sarver bought the Suns in 2004 for $401 million, which was an NBA record at the time.
The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 13: Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver attends Game 2 of the 2021 WNBA Finals at Footprint Center on October 13, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Mercury defeated the Sky 91-86 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)