Robert Sarver, the owner of the Phoenix Suns NBA team, is in a lot of hot water over allegations of racism and sexism. Three weeks after an ESPN report revealed that NBA officials were investigating the matter, Sports Illustrated has acquired and released the full video tape in which Sarver makes repeated sexually explicit comments that many say are sexist and misogynistic.
The video is of Robert Sarver giving a memorial “roast” of Dick Heckmann, a minority owner of the team. It came out after Sarver made numerous denials of the accusations made against him. He had told the Arizona Republic, “It is just not who I am, and it is directly contrary to the values at the center of the Suns organization. I am devastated that these false attacks are what our fans will associate with this organization that I love.”
On Heckman’s kids, Sarver said, “We’d just bought the team in June of 2004. My biggest concerns were ticket sales, sponsorship revenue, trying to sign some players, get a winning record—what I really know is my biggest concern was the Heckmann boys were fucking their way through the cheerleading team. And Dick was chasing everything that moved in Scottsdale.”
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Even more horrific, “And speaking of—someone said he left his DNA. He did leave his DNA in Steve Nash’s socks somewhere in the locker room.”
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) November 13, 2021
If that was not gross enough, Sarver also told a story about how Dick Heckmann once bought a boat that Sarver called the “Bordello Boat.” Sarver went on to tell some really sick stories about what happened on it.
“Dick had sex math,” added Sarver. “Dick would say he had sex 10 times in a day. Un-medicated. Un-medicated. [Makes air quotes.] And I’m like: Wow. And this kind of went on. So when he said 10 times, what he meant is like in and out five times. [Sarver thrusts.] That was 10 times for Dick.”
When the ESPN story first came out, Robert Sarver released a statement denying everything. “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. “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.”