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The NBA Players Association is asking for a lifetime ban from Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver

National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) executive director Tamika Tremaglio has called for a lifetime ban on Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver.

Sarver was recently sentenced to a year’s ban and a $10 million fine by the association for making racist and misogynistic comments.

Tremaglio, in an interview on ESPN’s NBA Today, said she speaks on behalf of NBA players, saying they “absolutely demand a lifetime ban.”

On Thursday, Sun’s minority owner Jahm Najafi asked Sarver to step down as owner. Earlier Friday, Phoenix’s shirt sponsor – PayPal – said they would no longer sponsor the Suns if Sarver returned.

“We don’t want him to be in a position where he’s managing or working with people who have anything to do with our players or the players themselves,” Tremaglio said in the interview.

“We are absolutely clear from the findings of the report that we do not want him to be in that position.”

On Tuesday, the NBA released its findings of a 10-month investigation into multiple abuse allegations while Sarver was a managing partner of the Suns. An ESPN story last November detailed multiple allegations of racism and misogyny over 17 years of ownership under Sarver.

“It’s what our players want, that while we understand that a thorough investigation has been conducted, and while we’re very pleased that the NBA was able to pull this off – because that’s clearly something we want to see – we’d like to.” also make it very clear that we don’t want him to be in a position again where he’s going to influence our players and those who serve our players on a day-to-day basis,” Tremaglio said.

While offering her opinion to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Tremaglio said she’s not sure the league will change its mind about the punishment. Additionally, it’s unclear if the NBA will impose a penalty that will force Sarver to sell the Suns — or the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury — like they did when they ousted Clippers owner Donald Sterling in 2014.

“I don’t know how open [Silver] is in relation to the desire to make the change,” said Tremaglio.

“I think it’s our hope that it becomes clear that Mr. Sarver shouldn’t be able to come back and take a leadership position.

“We heard from other owners. We heard from sponsors etc. I think it’s pretty clear that there’s no expectation for him to return.

This reference to sponsors comes after PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said they found Sarver’s behavior “unacceptable and contrary to our values.” In addition, Schulman said the company “would not renew our sponsorship should Robert Sarver remain associated with the Suns organization after serving his suspension.”

Tremaglio added that discussions about boycotting games have not yet taken place, but made it clear that gamers are “incredibly upset by what happened”.

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