LeBron says NBA let Suns owner off too easy: 'Definitely got this wrong'

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Future Hall of Famer LeBron James has sounded off on the suspension and fine handed down to Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver earlier this week.

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The four-time NBA MVP took to Twitter on Wednesday night to express disappointment that Sarver didn't receive harsher punishment.

"Read through the Sarver stories a few times now. I gotta be honest…Our league definitely got this wrong," James wrote. "I don’t need to explain why. Y’all read the stories and decide for yourself. I said it before and I’m gonna say it again, there is no place in this league for that kind of behavior. I love this league and I deeply respect our leadership. But this isn’t right. There is no place for misogyny, sexism, and racism in any work place. Don’t matter if you own the team or play for the team. We hold our league up as an example of our values and this aint it."

Sarver was suspended for one year and fined $10 million after the league initiated an independent investigation which found that he used the N-word and made inappropriate sexual comments in the workplace, and generally fostered a toxic working environment.

Sarver was also ordered to take a training program focused on respect and appropriate workplace conduct.

The punishment came under swift criticism from the NBA Players Association, as well as fans and some journalists.

The league previously handed down a harsher punishment to former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was made to sell his team after it was revealed that he had used racial slurs during a phone conversation with his mistress that she had recorded and leaked to a media outlet.

During a press conference regarding the Sarver situation, NBA commissioner Adam Silver defended the punishment as "severe" and said he did not initiate the "complicated" process of removing Sarver as owner because he did not feel the slurs and behavior were motivated by any particular "racial or gender-based animus."

Silver added that there are "particular rights" to someone who owns an NBA team as opposed to someone who is merely an employee.

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