The Rush: LeBron is unimpressed by NBA’s punishment of Suns owner Sarver

LeBron James publicly expressed his displeasure with the NBA’s punishment of Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver after an investigation into allegations of sexism, racism and workplace misconduct. Serena Williams cited Tom Brady’s “cool trend” of unretiring when asked if she’d consider returning to professional tennis a little more than a week after she retired from the sport. Dolphins first-year head coach Mike McDaniel made surprising comments about his personal hygiene and which member of the Miami organization is role playing as Lamar Jackson at practice as the team prepares to face the Ravens on Sunday.

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ADAM SILVER: I don't have the right to take away his team. I don't want to rest on that neat legal point because, of course, there could be a process to take away someone's team in this league. It's very involved. And I [? hopefully ?] made the decision that it didn't rise to that level. But, to me, the consequences are severe here on Mr. Sarver.


JARED QUAY: That was NBA commissioner Adam Silver explaining why he isn't going to remove Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver from the NBA.

Sarver was recently suspended for an entire year and fined $10 million after an investigation into allegations of racism, sexism, and workplace misconduct. And do you want to know who isn't buying what the commission's selling?

- LeBron James.

JARED QUAY: The Lakers star expressed his disappointment with Sarver's punishment on Twitter, writing that the league "got this wrong" and that "there is no place for misogyny, sexism, and racism in any work place"-- and, basically, that owners should be held to the same standards as the players and other employees.

- Damn right.

JARED QUAY: This is like the Donald Sterling sequel nobody asked for.

- Too soon?

JARED QUAY: It's definitely too soon for Chris Paul. He was on the Clippers roster when the Sterling saga went down in 2014. And now he's getting a repeat dose of owner drama during his stint with the Suns. It seems like full accountability only comes with audio or video evidence. Just ask Donald Sterling.

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JARED QUAY: Serena Williams is, like, a week into her retirement from professional tennis, and she's already being asked if unretiring is on the table.

SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, I think Tom Brady started a really cool trend.


- Retire, retire, and retire again.

JARED QUAY: I don't know Serena's reading the room right on this one. Brady's unretirement hasn't gone over too well.


JARED QUAY: Sure, the Bucs won their first game of the season. But according to reports, Brady ain't winning [BLEEP] on the home front. As a pro tennis player, Serena knows how hard the lifestyle is on your family with practice, training, and traveling. And apparently, the NFL lifestyle can take a toll on your body in an unexpected way.

Miami Dolphins first-year head coach Mike McDaniel told reporters that he was so busy as a 49ers assistant that he basically would go from Sunday to Wednesday of each week without showering.

- Say what?

JARED QUAY: Does that mean he wasn't even showering after games when you're all hyped and running around the sideline with 60 other dudes? Ooh, they smell like musk. But that ain't all. McDaniel was asked about this Sunday's match-up against the Ravens-- specifically, who it was that played the role of Lamar Jackson in practice.

MIKE MCDANIEL: I do. But the bottom line is, you're not going to replicate it. That's part of the shock and awe on game day.

JARED QUAY: The only vibe Mike McDaniel was replicating is my college algebra tutor at the U, right? That's what he look like-- an algebra tutor. And if you think I'm joking, McDaniel was a wide receiver at Yale, where he graduated with a history degree. History ain't actually an athlete-friendly degree-- you know, like geography or sociology-- especially when you go to Yale. See, a history degree from Yale-- you'd be in class with like Neil deGrasse Tyson and stuff like that.