Robert Sarver, co-owner of the Phoenix Suns has been in hot water recently amidst allegations of using racial slurs. Sarver has now put out a statement denying all claims save for one.

Over the course of his 17 years with the Suns, Sarver’s career has been tainted by accusations of racism, sexism, and misogyny. Former Suns head coach, Earl Watson claimed that Sarver used a racial slur multiple times following a game against the Golden State Warriors.

Watson also claimed that when he asked Sarver to not use the slur, Sarver replied saying, “Why? Draymond Green says [N-word].”

Sarver, however, denies these accusations, responding to Watson’s claim saying that he actually used the phrase “n-word” and not the slur itself. In fact, Sarver further claims that he has never addressed anyone with the slur, saying he finds it “abhorrent and ugly.”

That being said, Sarver admits that he did use the slur only once “many years ago,” but he implied that he was quoting someone else.

An assistant coach approached me a short time after and told me that I shouldn’t say the word, even if I were quoting someone else.

Sarver has always been accused of making inappropriate sexual comments around employees, including discussing oral sex with his wife, and also of showing them pictures of his wife in a bikini. It is definitely difficult to believe Sarver’s account in light of the amount of accusations against him.

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Abhishek Kar

Abhishek Kar is a freelance writer and a full-time pop culture enthusiast from India. In his spare time, he likes to paint.

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