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September 25, 2014 Updates
September 24, 2014 Updates

Count Tim Duncan among supporters of embattled Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry. Duncan on Wednesday defended Ferry, his former teammate on the Spurs, against charges of racism after his use of racially charged comments during a conference call with the Hawks ownership group in June. Ferry has since taken a leave of absence from his post in Atlanta. “Knowing Danny, he’s not what everybody’s saying about him. He’s not a racist,” Duncan told another former teammate, Antonio Daniels, during a radio interview with the San Antonio radio station KZDC. San Antonio Express-News

September 23, 2014 Updates

Grousbeck also addressed the controversies happening across professional sports. The NFL has experienced issues with domestic violence and reports of a serious cover-up, while Donald Sterling and certain high-profile members of the Atlanta Hawks organization have levied racist remarks that later became public. “It reminds me that we have a job here as a pro team to sort of set an example,” Grousbeck said. “And maybe even a higher standard just because kids look up to us, and we’re trying to set those examples every day. So it reminds us all, I think, in pro sports that we’ve got to use our positions wisely and finish everything through. We just finished all of our sensitivity, diversity, anti-harassment training – a serious training – early spring this year, right before the Donald Sterling thing all came out. We do that every year, but we’re going to have to stay on our guard and make sure we do the best they can.” Booth Newspapers

September 22, 2014 Updates

Chris Herring: Silver, on Ferry: "Danny wisely stepped aside to remove himself." Silver had previously said Ferry's comments shouldn't be fireable offense Twitter @HerringWSJ

September 19, 2014 Updates

The five people interviewed have a combined 68 seasons of front-office experience, with multiple franchises. None have worked for the Hawks. All were granted anonymity to protect their relationships. All said they were stunned by the racial stereotyping in the Hawks' report on Deng. "I've never seen anything like what was in that report, just in terms of the language," said a former team executive with nearly two decades of front-office experience. "I think most people would tell you that would be surprising." A Western Conference executive put it more bluntly: "It is horrible," he said. "For me, it's a lot of incompetence, not racism." Bleacher Report

September 17, 2014 Updates

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that while Danny Ferry made a mistake with comments that caused the Atlanta general manager to take a leave of absence while embroiled a racial firestorm, Kerr was supportive of his former teammate. “He’s a man of high character, I can tell you that,” Kerr said. “And I feel for him. He did make a mistake. It was a very poor choice of expression. It’s a difficult issue, but it’s one that needs to be discussed.” Contra Costa Times

Kerr played alongside Ferry for three seasons in Cleveland and two seasons in San Antonio, winning a championship together with the Spurs in 2003. Both went on to become general managers. “All I can say is with my own relationship with Danny, and I know I’ve got a lot of teammates from all over from San Antonio, Cleveland — it doesn’t matter whether they’re black or white or what race or religion — everybody who knows Danny knows that he’s a good person,” Kerr said. “And it’s just a difficult time for him, and he made a mistake, so hopefully he can get through it. But he’s got our support. It’s about all you can do.” Contra Costa Times

The mayor has already heard from plenty of potential buyers for the Atlanta Hawks. And the city is ready to kick in a hefty sum to make the deal happen. Flanked by Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins and other city leaders, Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday he expects the sale of the team to move briskly after racially charged comments by owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry. "I have had conversations with no less than six prospective buyers," Reed said during a City Hall news conference. "All six of those prospective buyers will have to go through a process to be vetted by the NBA. That process is going to occur very quickly." USA Today Sports

Reed said he plans to meet with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Sept. 26 in New York to discuss the sale of the Hawks. According to the mayor, the league is already lining up an investment bank to look into the finances of any potential buyer. "I think we're going to end up in a superior position, based on everything we know today, than we were before," Reed said. He didn't identify the prospective buyers, but whoever steps in would apparently have majority ownership. Levenson owns 24 percent of the team, and his Washington partner, Ed Peskowitz, has also agreed to sell his share, meaning that 50.1 percent of the team is now available, Reed said. USA Today Sports

In addition, Reed said the city will likely be willing to offer concessions to any new owner to ensure the Hawks commit to remaining in Atlanta for another 30 years. He said there could be as much as $150 million available after the city sells Turner Field, the current home of the Braves, though the mayor said that process has been held up by the baseball team's refusal to negotiate terms for its departure. USA Today Sports

September 16, 2014 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks cancelled a scheduled meeting between their CEO and city civil rights leaders Wednesday, prompting one of the group’s leaders to say his community was greatly offended. The Rev. Markel Hutchins said the meeting with CEO Steve Koonin was called off “at the last minute.” He later said he received a call from Hawks spokesman Garin Narain on Tuesday night asking the appointment be postponed. Detroit Free Press

September 14, 2014 Updates

Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony believes future NBA free agents will be hesitant to sign with the Atlanta Hawks in light of statements made by general manager Danny Ferry. "[There] ain't nobody [who] would want to go there," Anthony said Saturday at the Citi Carmelo Anthony Basketball camp in Manhattan. "At the end of the day, Atlanta, I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint. ESPN.com

Anthony, who tested free agency over the summer and ultimately re-signed with the Knicks, said players "wouldn't look at" Atlanta as a potential destination. "As a player, as an athlete, we're looking for a job, we're trying to find a place where we can move our family, we can make our family comfortable, where we can be comfortable in a comfortable environment," Anthony said. "But those comments right there, we would never look at [playing there]. "I'm speaking on behalf of all athletes. We would never look at a situation like that, I don't care what it is." ESPN.com

September 13, 2014 Updates

That's where the scout, who even on less sensitive issues must remain anonymous, urged perspective. "I've never seen that before, not in a negative way," the veteran of more than three decades in the league said. "You might say a typical 'European' player, but 'African' has its own special connotation. It's not neutral, and then there were the subsequent comments. "I think it's exceptionally rare. I've read hundreds, thousands of scouting reports. At draft time you see all the reports, and this simply does not ring a bell about a racial component. You're always evaluating character. What's rare is connecting character to racial stuff. That's what was so troubling about this." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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