Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, the lawyers who represented the former Commanders employees who made the accusations against owner Daniel Snyder and the Washington Commanders franchise, have released a statement in the wake of Robert Sarver being pressured to sell the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.
Snyder, who is still at the helm in Washington, and the organization faced accusations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, financial impropriety and even bullying and intimidation.
“The announcement that Robert Sarver will be selling the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury marks an important step in society’s ability to hold owners of professional sports leagues accountable for their actions. It is important to note, however, that it was the overwhelming pressure from players, the team’s co-owner, and corporate sponsors that forced accountability for Sarver’s racist and sexist behavior – and not the NBA Commissioner,” the lawyers said, via John Keim of ESPN.
“The NFL Commissioner has similarly failed to take meaningful action in response to the serious allegations of sexual harassment and assault, as well as financial improprieties, brought against the Washington Commanders and owner Dan Snyder. We now need the NFL community, including players, owners, and corporate sponsors, to demonstrate the same outrage and moral strength as those in the NBA community and force accountability for these egregious actions. Like Robert Sarver, Dan Snyder must go.”