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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Robert Sarver’s decision to sell the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury is “the next right step for the organization and the community.”

Sarver announced Wednesday that he intends to sell after an investigation found he engaged in racist and sexist conduct.

The 60-year-old was suspended for a year and fined $10 million by the NBA last week after an investigation questioned 320 people over allegations about Sarver’s behavior during his 18 years with the Suns.

Silver believes it’s the right move for Sarver to look for buyers for the Suns and Mercury.

He said, “I fully support Robert Sarver’s decision to sell the Phoenix Suns and Mercury. This is the right next step for the organization and the community.”

Sarver previously stated, “Words I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that brought people together – and strengthened the Phoenix area – through the unifying power of men’s and women’s professional basketball.

“I was hoping that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would give me time to focus, make amends and remove my personal controversy from the teams that I and so many fans love.

“But in our current unrelenting climate, it has become painfully clear that this is no longer possible – that any good I have done, or can still do, is outweighed by things I’ve said in the past.

“For these reasons, I am beginning the buyer search process for the Suns and Mercury.

“I don’t want to be a distraction to these two teams and the people who work so hard to bring the joy and excitement of basketball to fans all over the world.

“I want the best for these two organizations, the players, the employees, the fans, the community, my fellow owners, the NBA and the WNBA. This is the best course of action for everyone.

“In the meantime, I will continue to work to become a better person and support the community in a meaningful way. Thank you for continuing to root for the Suns and Mercury, embracing the power that sport has to bring us together.”

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