NBA ‘aware’ of video showing Suns owner Robert Sarver making sexually explicit jokes

A video of Suns group owner Robert Sarver making sexual jokes at a memorial ‘roast’ in April of 2020 is on the NBA’s radar.

Sports Illustrated is reporting the league is “aware” of the video, as the NBA has actually released an examination into accusations of bigotry and misogyny targeted at Sarver and the Suns company detailed in an ESPN story recently.

The story consisted of accusations of Sarver developing a poisonous environment by making racist and sexually improper remarks.

SI stated the Suns and Sarver decreased remark. Sarver has actually rejected accusations made in the ESPN story.

“It is just not who I am, and it is directly contrary to the values at the center of the Suns organization,” Sarver stated in an Q&A with The Republic. “I am devastated that these false attacks are what our fans will associate with this organization that I love.”

Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver released a statement, saying he's "wholly shocked" by the accusations and strongly denying them.

Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver launched a declaration, stating he’s “wholly shocked” by the allegations and highly rejecting them.

The group owner because 2004, Sarver was among the eulogizers at the memorial ‘roast’ for Cock Heckmann, a minority owner of the Suns and Phoenix Mercury franchises. Heckmann, 76, passed away in October 2020 of problems from a degenerative condition comparable to Parkinson’s illness.

Heckmann’s widow, Wendy, followed her late hubby’s desires by having a roast at her house in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Sarver not just attended it in April, however made numerous raunchy remarks throughout his remarks, consisting of one about Heckmann’s boys.

“We just bought the team in June of 2004,” stated Sarver as SI offers a complete records of his remarks at the roast. “My biggest concerns were ticket sales, sponsorship revenue, trying to sign some players, getting a winning record—what I really know is my biggest concern was the Heckmann boys were f–king their way through the cheerleading team.”

Sarver also made reference to two-time MVP Steve Nash when talking about Heckmann.

“Dick was chasing everything that moved in Scottsdale,” Sarver stated. “And speaking of — someone said he left his DNA. He did leave his DNA in Steve Nash’s socks somewhere in the locker room.”

On Tuesday, Heckmann’s widow told SI Sarver’s remarks didn’t offend her and were keeping with the spirit of the event.

“It was a roast—that’s what my husband wanted,” Wendy Heckmann told SI. “He wanted everybody to laugh at his expense, basically, and tell funny stories, and that’s what everybody did.”

SI posted the video along with a full transcript of the eulogy. Among the remarks made by Sarver:

“I figured this season, he had something to do with this season. We simply had a lot of things go our method. I imply, each time we’re playing somebody, the other group’s hurt and this taking place and we’re setting records in three-point shots. And, he’s up there someplace with his orange hat, seeing the video games and most likely mom f–king with Kobe Bryant up there someplace.”

Sarver ended the eulogy on a more serious note, talking about how Heckmann was proud of his children and grandchildren, while also talking about Heckmann at the end of his life.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: NBA ‘aware’ of Suns owner Robert Sarver video, per report

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