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Mayor, City to be involved in Atlanta Hawks' sale

Mayor, City to be involved in Atlanta Hawks' sale

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed spoke at a news conference on Tuesday and indicated that the city will be involved in the pending sale of the Hawks and that they are committed to keeping the team in Atlanta. Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed spoke to the media on Tuesday about the controversy surrounding the Atlanta Hawks and indicated that the city would be involved in the selling process. Reed also said that he had spoken with six potential buyers and also shed some light on the Hawks current ownership situation. According to Reed, Bruce Levenson owns 24 percent of the Hawks individually. Together...
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Atlanta Hawks to honor Dominique Wilkins with statue in March

Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins will be honored with a statue of his likeness outside Philips Arena in March of 2015. City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed met with the media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the sale of the Atlanta Hawks. During the press conference it was revealed that Hawks legend...

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Scouting report: Bulls ran Luol Deng 'into the ground'

When the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Luol Deng in a January trade with the Bulls they received a player who had been run "into the ground" by Chicago, according to a leaked scouting report used by the Atlanta Hawks. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta's WSB-TV released the Hawks' now-infamous scouting report on Deng via their websites Friday. The then-unseen report was made famous by Hawks general manager Danny Ferry's comments, heard in a leaked audio recording in a talk with team owners, using Deng's African ethnicity as a negative.

Hawks' Ferry steps aside, as scouting report on Deng surfaces

In the wake of Miami Heat forward Luol Deng being dragged into an ugly mix of misguided scouting and internal conflict within the Atlanta Hawks organization, Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry on Friday requested and was granted a leave of absence from the team.
Akron Beacon Journal Sep 12, 2014
Former Cavs GM Danny Ferry takes takes indefinite leave of absence from Atlanta Hawks

Former Cavs GM Danny Ferry takes takes indefinite leave of absence from Atlanta Hawks

ATLANTA: Under fire for making racially charged comments about a player, Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry took an indefinite leave of absence Friday.Hawks CEO Steve Koonin has resisted calls for Ferry to be dismissed, but said the GM asked for the leave.“This has been an incredibly difficult time for him and his family and it is my hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing,” Koonin said. “As a human being, manager and friend, I...
Denver Post Sep 12, 2014
Masai Ujiri supports Danny Ferry; Hawks GM takes indefinite leave

Masai Ujiri supports Danny Ferry; Hawks GM takes indefinite leave

Former Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri, pictured in 2011. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)The Atlanta Hawks controversy took on a new life Thursday, when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published audio
Deng releases statement addressing Hawks GM's racist comments

Deng releases statement addressing Hawks GM's racist comments

After reports came out earlier this week regarding Atlanta Hawks general manger Danny Ferry's alleged racist comments about then-free agent Luol Deng, the newly signed Miami Heat forward issued a personal statement regarding the issue.

Report: Hawks minority owner wanted Ferry fired for Deng comment

The Atlanta Hawks storyline was already strange, but additional information has surfaced about the comments about ex-Bull Luol Deng reportedly made by Hawks GM Danny Ferry. The Atlanta Journal Constitution and WSB-TV in Atlanta are reporting a letter was sent by Hawks minority owner Michael Gearon asking for the resignation or termination of Ferry. According to the reports, Ferry spoke to members of the Hawks ownership group on a conference call about free agency. Deng, who eventually signed with Miami, was a potential target. Speaking about Deng, Ferry reportedly said the former Bulls...

Ferry’s career in jeopardy after more details arise in Hawks scandal

Bruce Levenson will sell his majority share in the Atlanta Hawks after a racially questionable e-mail to general manager Danny Ferry came to light, but that pales in comparison to the full details of Ferry's comments about free agent Luol Deng during an organizational conference call earlier this summer.

From Atlanta Hawks GM's remark to disclosure of Bruce Levenson email

The end of Bruce Levenson's tenure as controlling owner of the Atlanta Hawks was triggered by a remark made by team General Manager Danny Ferry that touched off an internal investigation.

Comment about Heat's Deng triggered Hawks' racism scandal

The courtship of Miami Heat free-agent acquisition Luol Deng by the Atlanta Hawks apparently triggered the events that have left the Hawks under the microscope for bigoted and racially insensitive operations, as well as for sale.
Boston Globe Sep 8, 2014

Atlanta Hawks Owner Selling Team After Racist Email Surfaces

The discovery of a 2012 internal email containing racist comments written by Robert Levenson has led to the Atlanta Hawks co-owner announcing he will sell his stake in the franchise.

Atlanta Hawks scandal reportedly grew from offensive Deng scouting report

The strange NBA story of the weekend had its roots in a poorly-worded scouting report on free-agent target Luol Deng, according to espn.com. Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson self-reported a racially-insensitive e-mail he wrote a few years ago, which was made public on Sunday. The subject of the e-mail was his thoughts on how to attract more affluent customers to Hawks games, which is essentially what the NBA is all about these days with its outrageous ticket and concession prices. Deadspin ran the complete e-mail if you're interested:...

Hawks owner selling share after self-reporting offensive e-mail

Bruce Levenson is selling his controlling share of the Atlanta Hawks after self-reporting what he called an "inappropriate and offensive" email to general manager Danny Ferry in August 2012.
Newark Star-Ledger Sep 7, 2014

READ: Atlanta Hawks owner's offensive e-mail about black fans

Bruce Levenson said black fans were scaring away whites
CSN Washington Sep 7, 2014

Hawks' owner Levenson to sell interest in team

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson said Sunday he is selling his controlling interest in the team, in part due to an inflammatory email he said he wrote in an attempt "to bridge Atlanta's racial sports divide."

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