Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver was accused of racist, misogynistic behavior in a toxic workplace and now his wife has sent messages to former employees.
While Phoenix Suns fans await any resolution to the bombshell report that alleged team owner Robert Sarver created a toxic workplace environment with rampant racism and misogyny from the executive, things have gotten worse.
ESPN’s Baxter Holmes, who filed the initial report on Sarver, reported on Tuesday that the owner’s wife, Penny Sarver, sent messages to three former employees.
According to the report, the former employees perceived the messages as a means to “intimidate them” for speaking out against Sarver. Penny Sarver also confirmed that she sent the messages while implying that she believes her husband will be absolved of wrongdoing in the NBA’s investigation of the matter. She also provided a full comment to ESPN:
“Over the weekend, I decided on my own to reach out to a few people to try to set the record straight and to share how disappointed and hurt I am by the lies that are circulating about my husband and the Suns organization,” Penny Sarver said. “I shared the betrayal that I felt and I touched on some of the pain that we are going through as a family.”
She also called any notion that she was intending to “intimidate” anyone was “wrong and outrageous.”
However, one of the employees who Sarver messaged spoke plainly on the message she received, saying, “I don’t know how to interpret it other than as a threat.”
What did Penny Sarver say to former Suns employees?
The three former employees who received messages from Penny Sarver ranged in what they said. In one of the messages, she called the former Suns employee “bitter” and asked if getting in the spotlight was worth it.
She concluded that message by saying, “If something happens to one of my children, I will hold you and Earl Watson personally responsible. Think about your own child for a second and imagine the tables turned.”
In another message, Sarver said she was “terribly saddened” that this employee said “untrue” things about Robert Sarver. She added, “Your interpretation of what happened is so far from the truth. You are crushing my families lives. Thanks for that.”
The third employee received a message that was much more abrupt, with Penny Sarver calling them a liar and saying that they “destroyed” her children and family.
We don’t yet know how this revelation will affect the NBA’s investigation into Robert Sarver and his tenure as the Suns owner. However, suffice it to say it does not look good in the context of the situation.