Racist scouting report on Miami Heat's Luol Deng led to Levenson exposure

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Luol Deng, one of the Miami Heat's most high profile offseason recruits, was the victim of racial slurs in a scouting report compiled by the Atlanta Hawks reports ESPN.

The news comes just a day after the Hawks' owner Bruce Levenson was exposed for making racist comments in an email dating back to 2012.

Levenson is said to have reported the remarks to the NBA himself but now it appears that this decision may have been brought about by a league investigation into the organization which began in June, after the Deng scouting report came to their attention.


"The Hawks held a meeting in early June to discuss potential free-agent targets...Ferry cited a background report that included an "offensive and racist" remark about a player."

That player has since been confirmed as the British star, and former Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers man, Luol Deng.

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Levenson announcement

Bruce Levenson was one of the most vocal amongst NBA franchise owners in condemning former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his own racist remarks earlier this year but now it seems that some within the Atlanta Hawks organization have been guilty of their own bigotry and degradation.

Whilst it is unclear as to who exactly wrote the Deng scouting report which included the racist comments, the subsequent three month investigation in Atlanta has clearly uncovered some uncomfortable truths.

Levenson's email contained references to the potential that Atlanta's white fans may fear black fans and this latest revelation only adds to the concerns of many.

Adam Silver is likely to be amongst the most concerned, with the NBA commissioner facing his second race scandal less than 12 months into his new role.

What now?

Bruce Levenson has already stated that he will look to sell his controlling stake in the franchise but that does not make right the obvious wrongs by the Hawks.

There may be no long protracted legal battle as seen between Sterling, the Clippers and the NBA but that does not hide the fact that two franchises have now been embroiled in separate instances of racism.

At this point in time neither Luol Deng, or his new franchise the Miami Heat have commented on the developing situation.

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