Rev. Al Sharpton demands PayPal end ties with Robert Sarver

Rev.  Al Sharpton demands PayPal end ties with Robert Sarver

Rev. Al Sharpton remains relentless when it comes to Phoenix Suns team owner Robert Sarver.

The civil rights leader wrote PayPal president and CEO Dan Schulman, in an open letter that appeared in the Sunday edition of The Arizona Republic, demanding the billion-dollar digital payment company cease its relationship with Sarver, the majority owner of the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Spanish soccer club Real Club Deportivo Mallorca.

“As someone who has dedicated my life to fighting injustice and speaking out against hate in all its forms, it is my duty and responsibility to call out such hypocrisy and to call on PayPal to uphold the values ​​for which it proclaims to stand,” Sharpton wrote.

The Sarver investigation began in November of last year after an ESPN report detailed allegations of racism and misogyny against Sarver, claiming he created a “toxic” work environment within the Suns’ organization.

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Apr 10, 2022;  Phoenix, Ariz.  US;  Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver walks to his seat during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Footprint Center.

“Mr. Sarver’s leadership has been riddled with credible allegations of racism, misogyny, and harboring a toxic work environment,” Sharpton wrote.

The letter to PayPal ran as a full-page ad paid for by the American Sports Accountability Project.

Sharpton pointed out how PayPal committed $535 million to support Black-owned businesses and to fight economic inequality in wake of the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, but the company remains in business with Sarver.

“PayPal has continued to do business with Robert Sarver and is now expanding its business relationship with Mr. Sarver internationally,” Sharpton wrote. “In light of these commitments, PayPal cannot simply ignore Mr. Sarver’s transgressions.”

PayPal CEO Dan Schulman says corporations have a moral obligation to stand up for racial equality and social justice inside their own organizations and in the nation at large.

Floyd died under the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a White male, on May 25, 2020. The death sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the world over racial injustice and policing.

“It is time for PayPal to put its money where its mouth is,” Sharpton wrote. “Issuing a press release and writing a big check two years ago is not equivalent to doing the hard work that is required to achieve real change.”

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