Sponsors And Co-Owners Calling On Sarver To Resign

The heat continues to be applied from all sides on the Phoenix Suns to secure the outright ouster of suspended owner Robert Sarver. 

A Suns minority owner has called for his resignation, following what many are calling the NBA's woefully inadequate punishment handed the Suns' majority owner this week.

“Due to the NBA’s investigation and findings, I have no choice but to speak up on behalf of the hundreds of you who have been impacted by your interactions with Robert Sarver and the resulting investigation of his conduct,” wrote Jahm Najafi, who owns the second-largest stake in the team. "I am calling for the resignation of Robert Sarver."

Sarver owns about 35 percent of the team. 

The call from his fellow owner to resign follows the emphatic statements from his star veteran, Chris Paul, and the face of NBA players, LeBron James, who both expressed disgust with the NBA's sanctions, saying they fell far short of what was needed. 

And now PayPal, the Suns' jersey sponsor, has threatened to pull out its corporate sponsorship if Sarver is still around after this season. 

"In light of the findings of the NBA's investigation, we will not renew our sponsorship should Robert Sarver remain involved with the Suns organization, after serving his suspension," read the PayPal statement.

The pressure will undoubtedly continue on Sarver to resign, and this story will only heat up even more when the Suns report for training camp in 10 days. 

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