Just when you think it couldn't get any worse for Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, another former player came forth with a nasty allegation against him. This time, it's Vince Carter, who claims that Sarver had instructed his players to intentionally injure the veteran guard during his return to Phoenix.
In an episode of NBA Today on ESPN, Carter told this story about his return to the Suns, and how Sarver told his players to “take him (Carter) out.” (via @FTBVids_YT on Twitter)
“As a player coming back, after I played there, he walked into the locker room — from what I was told from two teammates that are reliable and trust in what they say — that he wasn't happy with me playing well coming back into Phoenix. And we were winning the game and he wanted them to take me out. Put me on the ground. ‘Don't let him have fun in our building.' Because he felt like I was trying to show him and the team up.”
Carter played a single season with the Suns, but was immediately waived at the end of that season. The former All-Star was then picked up by the Dallas Mavericks, where he contributed to multiple playoff runs with Dirk Nowitzki. He would go on to be a veteran presence on multiple teams, such as the Kings, the Grizzlies, and the Hawks.
The game that Vince Carter is referencing is this game in 2012, when the Dallas Mavericks visited the Phoenix Suns on January 31st, 2012. Carter indeed played well, scoring 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting (and 5-7 from deep). His efforts led to a 122 – 93 drubbing of the Suns, which likely didn't sit well with Sarver.
This story doesn't feel real, admittedly. It feels like a scene straight out of a movie. Based on what we've heard about Sarver, though, it seems very likely the Suns owner would actually do this.