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Danny Ferry, Hawks GM, on Indefinite Leave Following Racism Controversy

By    |   Monday, 15 Sep 2014 09:24 AM

Danny Ferry, the general manager of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, took an indefinite leave from the team last week in the wake of controversy over a racist scouting report he read during a June conference call with team officials.

Hawks CEO Steve Koonin announced Ferry's departure Friday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

It's not clear who exactly compiled the scouting report, which included racist remarks about player Luol Deng that Ferry repeated during the recorded call.

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"He is a good guy on the cover but he’s an African," the June 6 report read. "He has a little two-step in him = says what you want to hear, but behind closed doors he could be killing. Con isn't bad but there. African-like, store front looks great but there's a black market section in the back."

At another point in the call Ferry said, "He is a good guy overall but he's not perfect. He’s got some African in him. And I don’t say that in a bad way other than he is a guy who will do something behind you."

"What I mean for example, is he can come out and be an unnamed source for a story, and maybe two days later come out and say 'That was absolutely not me. I cannot believe someone said that.' But talking to reporters you know it's him," Ferry continued, apparently in summation of the report.

Ferry apologized to Deng for the comments Friday and said he hoped to be given a second chance.

"No words can adequately describe my remorse for the hurt that I have caused many people through the statements I repeated, most importantly Luol Deng," he said in a statement. "Luol is a good man who I have known for many years and he has done a tremendous amount of good for his country and around the world. I apologize to Luol and I apologize to all that I have offended."

Deng, a native of Sudan and a citizen of the United Kingdom, eventually signed with the Miami Heat, according to BBC News.

The investigation into the Deng comments later led to the release of an inflammatory email Hawks controlling owner Bruce Levenson sent in 2012. Last week, Levenson announced he will sell his interest in the team.

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Danny Ferry, the general manager of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, took an indefinite leave from the team last week in the wake of controversy over a racist scouting report he read during a June conference call with team officials.
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