When it rains, it pours. And right now the Atlanta Hawks are in the middle of a tropical storm that was all brought on by themselves.
Following Bruce Levenson sending an email that had a rather large amount of racial comments and General Manager Danny Ferry saying that Luol Deng has a "little bit of African in him" it hasn't been a good week for the Hawks.
Civil Rights Postponed
And now, to put the cherry on the icing of this racist cake, the Hawks have cancelled a meeting with Atlanta civil rights leaders at the last minute.
According to a report from the Associated Press, The Rev. Markel Hutchins announced Wednesday's meeting was called off ''at the last minute.'' He later said he received a call from Hawks spokesman Garin Narain on Tuesday night asking that it be postponed.
Hutchins said he needed to hear that request directly from Koonin.
Hutchins and other civil rights leaders asked for the meeting to discuss what he describes as the Hawks' ''disrespect for people of color.''
Ferry to Stay
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has actually come out and said that he believes that the GM Ferry should not be fired for what was written on the scouting report that he decided to read out loud in a business setting.
"The discipline of a team employee is typically determined by the team, and in this case the Hawks hired a prestigious Atlanta law firm to investigate the circumstances of Danny Ferry's clearly inappropriate and unexpected remarks," Silver said. "In my view, those comments, taken alone, do not merit his losing his job.
Luol Deng however, the subject of the highly offensive comments, handled the situation with complete dignity. The British star, who was born in South Sudan and does incredible charity work as well as setting up academies for underprivileged kids in London and South Sudan, released an incredibly classy statement detailing his pride to be have a lot of African in him.
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