The Rush: Defiant Sarver alludes to cancel culture in decision to sell Suns and Mercury

After pressure from NBA stars, a fellow team owner and advertisers, Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver expresses defiance in announcing he’s open to selling his basketball team. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reveals his thoughts and experiences with ayahuasca, and takes issue with the “drug” terminology.

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JARED QUAY: After an investigation found that Robert Sarver used racist language and exhibited sexism in the workplace, the Suns and Mercury owner is selling his teams.

- He made the right choice.

JARED QUAY: He made it kicking and screaming, though, and only after significant backlash from NBA players, and more importantly, a Suns minority owner and team sponsor, PayPal.

- That'll do it.

JARED QUAY: Sarver released a statement saying he figured being suspended for a year would be enough for everyone to forget about two decades of misbehavior and that quote, "I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness. But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that this is no longer possible," end quote. You knew my dude had to invoke cancel culture!

- Of course he did.

JARED QUAY: You know what, though? We already have proof that Sarver can change. Because last year, when ESPN wrote an expose on allegations, Sarver said, quote, "I can certainly tell you that some of the claims, I find completely repugnant to my nature. And I can tell you that they never, ever happened." Contrast that with Sarver said yesterday, and it sounds pretty hopey changey to me. See you, Sarver! Wouldn't want to be you. Someone else who loves to rail against cancel culture is my guy Aaron Rodgers.

AARON RODGERS: Before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I think I'd like to set the record straight.

JARED QUAY: The Packers quarterback has lots of thoughts on lots of things, like the hallucinogenic drink, ayahuasca.

- How do you spell that?

JARED QUAY: I have no damn clue. But Aaron Rodgers drinks it, enjoys it, and thinks the psychedelic drug gets a bad rap.

AARON RODGERS: Words are spells, right? There's-- words are spells. And they are spelled a certain way or pronounced a certain way, and there is power in the specific words.

JARED QUAY: Sorry, I don't follow.

AARON RODGERS: So you just use the word drug, right, to refer to ayahuasca. The reference to ayahuasca or even marijuana, putting the tag drug on them, is a manipulative word that creates a bias against those specific things.

- It depends upon what the meaning of the word is.

JARED QUAY: Listen, I'll drink all the drugs, teas, whatever you want to call it if it gets me a career like Aaron Rodgers. Is he right on vaccines? No. But the dude's got a great arm and great hair, so he's doing something right.