Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry will take an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately.
Hawks CEO Steve Koonin released a statement Friday afternoon, detailing Ferry’s departure.
While Koonin says the Hawks’ recent issues relating to race are deeply troubling, at the heart of the dispute is a disagreement amongst owners.
The Atlanta Hawks CEO says general manager Danny Ferry will be punished for making racially charged comments about a free agent. Ferry is the second Hawks official who facing backlash for racially–charged comments in recent days.
Team co-owner Bruce Levenson announced Sunday he will sell his share in the team after an email came to light in which he claims black fans are keeping white fans from attending home basketball games.
A group of civil rights leaders will meet with the CEO of the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday to discuss racially Ferry and Levenson’s comments.
One of those leaders will be the Reverend Markel Hutchins, who says there aren't enough African American owners of NBA teams.
He sat down with GPB “All Things Considered” host Rickey Bevington to talk about his hopes for the meeting, the Atlanta Hawks, and his opinion about the remarks.
More than a week after getting bounced from the NBA playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks are still trying to figure out who's going to coach them next season. It might be Larry Drew, their coach the last three seasons. General Manager Danny Ferry has made it clear it also could be someone else.