The racist comments made about two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng came from a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers head office it has emerged.
As you will probably know by now, the Atlanta Hawks find themselves embroiled in a racism storm after General Manager Danny Ferry quoted a scouting report about Deng in a conference call with team owners.
Ferry said that Deng has "a little bit of African of him" which drew shocked responses as well as some giggling from others on the call, along with other terms that sounded incredibly stereotypical about selling counterfeit goods.
Well now we have a very interesting new development! The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has managed to get their hands on that fateful scouting report and it gives away a great detail; the person who provided that description of Deng worked for the Cavs head office in the 2013-14 season!
There is also other intel in the report from his time at Chicago and what led to his release. One source said that there was distrust between Deng and the Bulls medical staff after he got a spinal tap in the middle of the playoffs. "He blamed the team and they put pressure on him to play when he was seriously sick," the report reads.
The same Cavs front office exec that said the "African" line also said that, while he'd "have no problem" bringing Deng back, the forward "treated Cleveland like a pit-stop."
Best Teammate Ever
It is also worth noting that in the report - which can be found here - that two players who have played on the same side as Deng both called him the best teammate they have ever played with, which begs the question as to why the Cavs man criticised him so much. Maybe it was Mike Brown who was fired at the end of the season....
A lot of the other statements back up how good of a guy he is too, with several comments about his charity work, never getting in any trouble, and being a low key player.
In the process of writing this up, Danny Ferry has since come out with a statement apologising for the Deng incident and has announced he will be going on an indefinite leave of absence.