Report: Suns to Create Confidential Hotline for Employees amid Robert Sarver Probe

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 25, 2022

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The Phoenix Suns are reportedly creating an internal hotline for employees to report workplace misconduct.

Baxter Holmes of ESPN reported the creation of the hotline amid the ongoing investigation into allegations made against majority owner Robert Sarver.

Several other NBA teams already have an internal hotline in place. While the NBA also has its own, separate hotline for employees of every team, Holmes' report says it largely goes unused.

Holmes previously reported on the allegations of racism, misogyny and a hostile work environment that employees said occurred under Sarver. Several former team employees, including ex-coach Earl Watson, spoke to Holmes on the record and detailed allegations that included the use of racial slurs:

"'You know, why does Draymond Green get to run up the court and say [N-word],' Sarver, who is white, allegedly said, repeating the N-word several times in a row.
"'You can't say that,' Watson, who is Black and Hispanic, told Sarver.
"'Why?' Sarver replied. 'Draymond Green says [N-word].'
"'You can't f--king say that,' Watson said again."

Sarver has denied all allegations of impropriety. 

The NBA has spent the last four months investigating the Suns' workplace but has not made any of its findings public. The league said there had been no reports to its hotline regarding Sarver's behavior.