ESPN is on the verge of publishing a report alleging "racism, sexism and sexual harassment" within the Phoenix Suns.
"The NBA is preparing for a massive story accusing Suns owner Robert Sarver of racism, sexism and sexual harassment in a series of incidents, sources say. With enough evidence to support such claims, there’s a real chance the league would forcibly remove Sarver,'' ESPN's Jordan Schultz said on Twitter.
Robert Sarver preemptively released a segment denying those allegations.
“I am wholly shocked by some of the allegations purported by ESPN about me, personally, or about the Phoenix Suns and Mercury organizations," Sarver said in the statement. "While I can’t begin to know how to respond to some of the vague suggestions made by mostly anonymous voices, I can certainly tell you that some of the claims I find completely repugnant to my nature and to the character of the Suns/Mercury workplace and I can tell you they never, ever happened."
James Jones defended Sarver in a statement.
"None of what’s been said describes the Robert Sarver I know, respect and like – it just doesn’t,” Jones said.