LeBron James and Chris Paul were among NBA high-profile players who were unhappy with the league's handling of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver's controversies.

Sarver, who also owns WNBA team Phoenix Mercury and La Liga side RCD Mallorca, was accused of making racist remarks, engaging in demeaning behavior and assaulting employees.

After a lengthy investigation, the NBA issued him with a one-year suspension and a $10 million fine, which James said "the league definitely got this wrong".

"I said it before and I’m gonna say it again, there is no place in this league for that kind of behavior," wrote the Los Angeles Lakers star on his official Twitter account.

"I love this league and I deeply respect our leadership, but this isn’t right. There is no place for misogyny, sexism, and racism in any work place.

"It [doesn’t] matter if you own the team or play for the team. We hold our league up as an example of our values and this ain't it."

Similarly, Paul, currently playing for the Suns, took to Twitter to vent his disappointment.

"Like many others, I reviewed the report. I was and am horrified and disappointed by what I read. This conduct especially towards women is unacceptable and must never be repeated.

"I am of the view that the sanctions fell short in truly addressing what we can all agree was atrocious behavior. My heart goes out to all of the people that were affected," said the former president of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).