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Colin Kaepernick was spotted courtside during the Phoenix Suns’ game Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks next to the team’s vice chairman Jahm Najafi.
Kaepernick’s appearance at the Footprint Center came on the heels of team owner Robert Sarver being accused in an ESPN report of using racist and misogynistic language during his tenure with the organization.
Colin Kaepernick arrives at the premiere of Netflix’s "Colin In Black And White" at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on Oct. 28, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.
“I have been made aware of the allegations against Robert Sarver, the managing partner who runs the Phoenix Suns. The conduct he is alleged to have committed has stunned and saddened me and is unacceptable. The well-being and safety of every Suns employee, player, coach and stakeholder is first and foremost our priority. My sincerest sympathy goes out to all whose lives and professions have been impacted. I am personally committed to helping eradicate any form of racism, sexism and bias, which is unacceptable anywhere in our society,” Najafi said Thursday.
Owner Robert Sarver stands with the Western Conference Championship trophy after the Suns beat the LA Clippers to win the Western Conference Finals at Staples Center on June 30, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.
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“I have partnered with the NBA Foundation to underscore this commitment. The Phoenix Suns is a national treasure that belongs to all of us as fans and residents of our community. Team investors are simply temporary stewards of this treasure. It is our job as stewards to ensure everyone is treated respectfully and equally. Although today’s revelations fall under the jurisdiction of the league, which decides and takes any action based on its finding, I offer my support to ensure there is full accountability.”
Kaepernick and Najafi have a relationship outside the sports realm as well. Najafi is the co-chairman and CEO of Mission Advancement Corp., a special purpose acquisition company backed by Kaepernick. The company made a less-than-stellar debut in March when the company went public.
Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver attends Game Two of the 2021 WNBA Finals at Footprint Center on Oct. 13, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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The NBA said the Wachtell Lipton law firm was asked to launch an investigation.
The report included several stories of Sarver, who is White, making racially insensitive remarks, including asking his former coach Earl Watson, who is Black, why he couldn’t say the N-world if Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green can say it; passing around photos of his wife in a bikini; and speaking about his wife giving him oral sex.
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