Penny Sanders Biography – Penny Sanders Wiki
Penny Sanders is the wife of Robert Sarver, the owner of the Pheonix Suns. She is a native of Kansas City and earned her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Oklahoma in 1990. Following her graduation, she moved to Phoenix, where she accepted a job with Prentice-Hall, marketing textbooks to universities.
Robert and Penny Sarver have a connection to the Sarver Heart Center in Tucson, Arizona. The Sarvers’ connection to the Heart Center was sealed on Jan. 16, 1998, when Humberto S. Lopez, then president of the Center’s Advisory Board, announced: “It is a pleasure to introduce to you Robert and Penny Sarver. Robert and Penny come from a generous family rooted in the most active and respected charities in the state. I have known Robert for years through college. He is one of the most astute and wise businessmen I know. He and Penny have shown the foresight that characterizes their family in their decision to make a major gift to University Heart Center. Upon the approval of UA President Peter Likins, a committee of the faculty and the Arizona Board of Regents, their gift will result in the naming of the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona. We look forward to their involvement with the Heart Center for years to come.”
Robert Sarver Allegations
On November 4, 2021, an ESPN report detailed allegations that owner Robert Sarver has a history of racist, misogynistic and hostile incidents during his 17-year tenure in charge of the franchise. In the report, Sarver denied or disputed most of the allegations through his legal team. The Suns also strongly denied the report in the following statement by Robert Sarver, Managing Partner, Suns Legacy Partners, LLC:
“I continue to be shocked by the false reporting from Baxter Holmes. While there is so much that is inaccurate and misleading in this story that I hardly know where to begin, let me be clear: The n-word is not part of my vocabulary. I have never called anyone or any group of people the n-word, or referred to anyone or any group of people by that word, either verbally or in writing. I don’t use that word. It is abhorrent and ugly and denigrating and against everything I believe in. The way I lead my personal and professional life makes that clear. Instead of reporting the truth, Holmes’ story is based on misrepresentations from former Suns coach Earl Watson and other unnamed “sources.” Mr. Watson created an unprofessional and toxic atmosphere in our organization. He is clearly not a credible source. Despite hearing from witness after witness that disputed Mr. Watson’s stories, Mr. Holmes completely disregarded the truth here. Now we are in the position of trying to disprove things that did not happen.
At this point, I would entirely welcome an impartial NBA investigation which may prove our only outlet for clearing my name and the reputation of an organization of which I’m so very proud.”
Among the allegations, former Suns coach Earl Watson said Sarver was upset that Golden State forward Draymond Green used the N-word during a game in 2016 and that the owner repeated the N-word several times when voicing his displeasure. Watson said he told Sarver that he can’t use that word. Watson was the Suns’ coach for all or part of three seasons before being fired three games into the 2017-18 season.
Watson released his own statement through the Toronto Raptors, where he is now an assistant coach. Assistant Coach Earl Watson said: “I am not interested in engaging in an ongoing battle of fact. Instead, I want to applaud the courage of the numerous players, executives, and staffers for fighting toxic environments of racial insensitivity, sexual harassment, and micro-aggressions with their truth. Basketball and 17 years in the NBA has allowed me the financial privilege to speak my truth, but we can’t forget about those who must remain silent for fear of losing their jobs. While our fortitude assists with progress, there is still more work to be done in the name of equality, and I believe that one of the strengths of our league is its ongoing commitment to justice. This has been a traumatic experience, one that has affected me profoundly, and I am not willing to relive it every day. But I will not forget it, and I will address it more fulsomely at a point in the future when I feel ready.”
On November 4, 2021, NBA Executive Vice President, Communications Mike Bass issued the following statement on behalf of the NBA and WNBA regarding ESPN’s report about Robert Sarver and the Phoenix Suns organization: “The allegations contained in today’s ESPN article are extremely serious, and we have directed the Wachtell Lipton law firm to commence a comprehensive investigation. The NBA and WNBA remain committed to providing a respectful and inclusive workplace for all employees. Once the investigation is completed, its findings will provide the basis for any league action.”
Penny Sanders Age
Penny Sanders’ age is unclear. Her husband, Robert Sarver, was born on October 31, 1961, in Tucson, Arizona.
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Robert Sarver and Penny Sanders have been married since 1991. The couple met in 1991 in Scottsdale and married on November 2, 1996.
Penny Sanders Children
Robert Sarver and Penny Sanders have three children, Max, Jake, and Zach Sarver. The family resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Penny Sanders Net Worth
Penny Sanders’ net worth is unclear. Robert Sarver has a net worth of $400 million as of October 2020, according to Yahoo Finance. He is the majority owner of the Suns. The Suns were valued at $1.8 billion in Forbes’ valuation of NBA franchises, published in October 2021. Sarver has owned the Suns since 2004. The 59-year-old Phoenix businessman also owns the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.