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Reverend Al Sharpton Wants 1 NBA Owner Removed

A general view of the Phoenix Suns stadium.

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 26: General view of action between the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets during the NBA game at US Airways Center on November 26, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Rev. Al Sharpton is calling on the NBA to remove Phoenix Suns principal owner Robert Sarver.

An ESPN investigation last year found Sarver allegedly has a pattern of racism and misogyny. The NBA has since opened its own investigation. However, the investigation is ongoing an there's no clear timetable.

Although the NBA needs time to complete its investigation, Sarver is calling on the Association to either come to a decision or release a timeline for resolution.

"The owner of the Suns was revealed in the ESPN story last November -- how Sarver, the principal owner of the Phoenix Suns, made all these racist and misogynist statements. And [the NBA] said they were going to investigate it," Sharpton said at the New York City headquarters for the National Action Network, a civil rights organization that he founded in 1991, via ESPN.com. "Well, how long does it take for an investigation when you have videos and people that come forward?

"I put the call in [Friday] to the NBA that we want them to close the investigation and remove [Sarver] or tell us the timetable by the convention."

ESPN's inititial investigation was released in Nov. of 2021. That's when the NBA began its own investigation of Robert Sarver.

It's been quiet ever since.

"We are not going to allow people to affect the culture of the NFL or the NBA and insult us and act like that's acceptable behavior," Sharpton continued. "They think, because it was November, everybody forgets about it, and that's why we wanted to put that pressure on. So we are, on the Phoenix Suns."

The Rev. Al Sharpton could end up taking demonstrations to Phoenix if the NBA doesn't respond.