Carmelo says players will avoid Hawks after Deng racism controversy

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Carmelo Anthony has given his brutal take on the racism storm that has engulfed the Atlanta Hawks and the NBA this past week.

Hawks' general manager Danny Ferry has been forced to take a leave of absence this week following racist comments he made about former free agent Luol Deng.

Ferry criticized Deng this summer saying the baller had some "African in him" when referring to the bad parts of Deng's game and character.

Hawks in trouble 

And even though Ferry has apologized, New York Knicks superstar and former free agent this summer, Carmelo Anthony, has explained that nobody will want to play for the Hawks following the horrific comments.

"[There] ain't nobody [who] would want to go there," Carmelo Anthony told ESPN. "At the end of the day, Atlanta, I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint.

"Atlanta is a great city, a great market, great people, great atmosphere. But as far as the comments [that] were made, I think it was uncalled for. From an owner, from a GM, those are not things you play with."

Terrible comments 

This summer, Ferry was paraphrasing a scouting report on Deng and described him as someone who "has a little African in him."

"He's like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back," Ferry said at the time, comments that were recorded, with the audio being released in the past week.

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Separate email 

A Hawks internal investigation then uncovered a separate email not relating to Deng sent two years ago by the Hawks' owner, Bruce Levenson, who said that black fans were stopping suburban white fans from attending games in Atlanta in theory.

Levenson has since subsequently apologized for the comments, and he has revealed he intends to sell his share of the ball club.

But it's too late for Hawks fans, with their team losing so much respectability across the league in the last seven days.

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